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Opinion: Silva cannot keep Lookman on the bench any longer after Walcott’s latest stinker

Opinion: Silva cannot keep Lookman on the bench any longer after Walcott’s latest stinker

While it was yet another defeat against rivals Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside derby for Everton yesterday, manager Marco Silva can still take a lot of positives from the game.

Bar Jordan Pickford’s moment of madness, from a defensive point of view, it was practically a complete performance from the Toffees, while going forward they were equally as impressive.

Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Andre Gomes gave Silva’s side the sort of attacking threat you rarely see an Everton team bring to Anfield.

For Theo Walcott, though, it was another disappointing performance in another big game, giving Silva something to really think about considering how well Ademola Lookman played when he was brought on in the second half.

His touch was immaculate, in contrast to Walcott’s, which has really let him down in recent weeks, while the way he was taking on and beating Liverpool players gave Everton something completely different on the right-hand side.

On the ball, there is no doubt that the 21-year-old is the better player compared to Walcott whose strongest attribute in this moment of time is probably running in behind defenders with his finishing being suspect of late.

With that in mind, Silva should strongly consider giving Lookman a run in the team. He has earned it with his cameo versus Liverpool alone.

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