Everton supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side only muster a 1-1 draw away at Premier League strugglers Swansea City on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the relegation-threatened Swans off the back of drawing with Merseyside rivals Liverpool in their last league encounter, yet having won their most recent away clash 2-1 at Stoke City. And the Toffees looked on course for another three points on the road when a Kyle Naughton own goal gave them the lead at the Liberty Stadium, only for Jordan Ayew’s effort 19 minutes from time to preserve a point for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, thus leaving Everton ninth in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many frustrated Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways when they host in-form Newcastle United on Monday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that RB Leipzig want to make Ademola Lookman’s loan move to the club permanent this summer.
Yet Allardyce’s Everton would be absolutely mad to sanction the £6.3 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) star’s departure this summer, as it’s clear that he has enormous potential just waiting to be fulfilled.
Ultimately, the Merseysiders made an investment when they lured Lookman from Charlton Athletic to Goodison Park back in 2017 for £11 million, what with the forward just 19 years of age at the time, and very much with a bright future in the game.
In fact, it took the England Under-21 international just a minute to net on his debut for the club in their 4-0 rout of Manchester City back in January 2017, although Lookman then struggled to command regular football at the club before moving to Leipzig back in the winter window.
His inability to earn first team football, certainly in the first half of the season, was somewhat of a surprise such were Everton’s serious struggles in the attacking third of the pitch, and while Theo Walcott moved to the club in January, and Yannick Bolasie has since returned from injury, neither have been brilliant in recent weeks.
As such, Allardyce may need Lookman’s drive and trickery down the flanks in the Premier League next season, as although Kevin Mirallas could well return to the club this summer after his loan spell at Olympiakos, he hasn’t been anywhere near good enough for a while now.
But it’s not just the immediate future in which Lookman could be an asset, he certainly will be in the long term as well given he has enormous potential to go on and become a quality forward – Everton shouldn’t want to consider letting a player of that calibre go this summer.
Thus, the Toffees would be absolutely mad to sanction Lookman’s departure this summer, as there’s little doubting that he could be a huge player for the club in both the immediate future, and in the many years to come.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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