Ademola Lookman finally got another opportunity to start in the Premier League as Everton beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon and the winger’s showing against Eddie Howe’s men proved that he could be the answer to Marco Silva’s struggles on the right-flank.
The manager has stuck with Theo Walcott on the right-wing for the majority of the season but following a string of really poor results, he had little option but to give the 21-year-old Lookman another run.
After starring in the Toffees’ FA Cup victory over Lincoln City last weekend, Lookman looked set to get the nod in the starting lineup for the clash with the Cherries.
And his performance offered the Merseyside club something different in a couple of ways as Silva’s men claimed only their second win in their last nine league matches.
Apart from cleverly setting up Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Everton’s second goal deep into stoppage time, it was his all-round movement that made him dangerous to track for the Bournemouth defenders.
He showed excellent composure with the ball at his feet and it is quite clear that his talent will create a lot of chances for Silva in the future.
Clever passes to the likes of Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson kept the Bournemouth players guessing and his ability to create space was a real positive for the Everton team in attack.
Walcott’s failure to really capitalise on his right-wing spot under Silva this season seems to have hit a dead-end it will be difficult for the former Arsenal man to break into the first-team again if Lookman continues to perform like that.
Although it is still valuable for a club like Everton to have Walcott in their squad to come on from the bench at certain times, his future at the club suddenly seems uncertain.
If Lookman makes that right-wing spot his own and keeps improving then he will certainly emerge as one of the new bright talents in English football.
Everton, also, can’t afford to have players in their team at the moment that don’t make their presence felt and Lookman could be the injection they need to make another push for a Europa League spot.