Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side return to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 1-0 success over in-form Newcastle United on Monday night.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with the North East heavyweights having failed to win any of their previous three games, with draws away at Swansea City and at home to Liverpool succeeding a 3-1 defeat at the hands of champions Manchester City. Yet the Toffees recorded their 12th league win of the campaign and tenth at Goodison Park on Monday as a Theo Walcott strike just after half time was enough to secure all three points for Allardyce’s side, who duly moved above Leicester City into eighth place in the table.
Consequently, there have been many happy Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can maintain a good run of form between now and the end of the season, and thus build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.
And were the 28-year-old to make the move to Goodison Park this summer, it would surely spell the end of Ademola Lookman’s time in the North West.
Ultimately, the 20-year-old has struggled for regular football since making the move from Charlton Athletic back in January 2017, this all despite netting within a minute on his debut against Manchester City.
In fact, the tricky forward was so low down the Toffees pecking order that he sought a loan move to RB Leipzig back in January against Allardyce’s advice, but with just three starts to show for his efforts in the first half of the campaign, it’s hardly surprising that he pushed for a move.
Significantly though, it’s not just that Lookman was rarely used in the rear end of 2017, it’s that Everton were seriously struggling in the final third of the pitch, yet former boss Ronald Koeman, and to a lesser extent Allardyce, were still reluctant to use the youngster’s ability.
That would suggest that the 20-year-old is some way down the Everton pecking order, and with Theo Walcott arriving from Arsenal, Yannick Bolasie returning from injury, and the possibility of Brahimi making the move to Goodison Park, Lookman’s prospects don’t look good at all.
Yes, he is still young and has plenty of time left in his career, but the England Under-20 World Cup winner cannot waste too much time waiting for an opportunity – several of those that started the 1-0 win over Venezuela in that World Cup final last June are turning out regularly for their clubs.
Thus, were Brahimi to make the move to Merseyside this summer, it could well spell the end of the £6.3 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) star’s Everton career.
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