Everton winger Ademola Lookman made only his third start of the season on Saturday as Marco Silva’s men got over the line against a spirited Lincoln City team with a 2-1 victory to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Lookman’s showing against the Imps, however, was a welcoming sight in what has been a tough few weeks for the Toffees.
Silva has struggled to get the best out of his wingers in recent matches with both Theo Walcott and Bernard underperforming in the Premier League.
On Saturday, though, the manager once again saw the raw talent and individual brilliance of the 21-year-old Lookman, who opened the scoring at Goodison Park in the 12th minute.
The former RB Leipzig man was lively on the ball and kept the Lincoln players guessing with his movement across the pitch, as well as his clever passes.
Lookman could easily have had a second goal before half-time with the score already 2-0 in favour of the home side, but his right-footed shot from the left edge of the box flew just wide of the target.
The attempt at goal, however, indicated how good Lookman’s movement was in the game. The Englishman, who started on the right-flank, drifted from side to side throughout the game to try and confuse the Lincoln defenders’ attempts to track him.
For Silva, this should be the brightest of indications yet this season that Lookman deserves another start in the Premier League to help lift Everton from their recent disasters.
Lookman has once been named in the starting lineup for a league match this season and that was at home to Newcastle United at the beginning of December.
But the poor results that followed after that draw has left Silva in a spot of bother with regards to selection.
Lookman would bring much-needed energy and pace to the Everton team when they host Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Sunday.
His presence would also compliment someone like Richarlison, who will surely most likely start at striker again against the Cherries.
Cutting back in-field from the right-wing will allow the Brazilian to make runs in behind the Bournemouth defence and Lookman will be able to direct play with his accurate passing.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!