Ademola Lookman is probably wondering what more he needs to do to break into the Everton side.
Following a bright loan spell at German club RB Leipzig, where he scored five goals in eleven appearances last season, he must have grown in frustration with each passing month at the Everton bench.
Marco Silva identified his talent enough to retain his services this season but has been unwilling to give him the chances to break through the ranks. Lookman has only made fifteen appearances for the Toffees, only three starts out of those. However, whenever he’s on the pitch, he lights up Everton’s attack with his sizzling movement and creativity.
Lookman’s delivered two assists this season and is only three goals short of matching Theo Walcott, who’s retained a regular place despite disappointing time and again. Lookman’s among the brightest young talents emerging in England and deserves to start ahead of the ageing Walcott.
Unlike Walcott, Lookman’s more confident in troubling defenders with his trickery. He’s averaged at 1.5 dribbles per game for the Merseyside outfit (stats via WhoScored), adding acceleration and skill to their attack with his frantic movement. With Marco Silva’s reign yet to wholly convince, he needs to take a leap of faith on Lookman.
The Merseyside derby is next after a bright win at Cardiff. Bringing Lookman in to rattle Liverpool’s defence with his unpredictability is the best way for Silva to win over supporters and reinstill confidence in the youngster to find back his best form at Everton.