Opinion: Silva has to start Lookman in Everton’s clash with Huddersfield

Opinion: Silva has to start Lookman in Everton’s clash with Huddersfield

Everton manager Marco Silva could have a selection dilemma going into tomorrow’s Premier League fixture against Huddersfield.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Portuguese coach mentioned that both new signing Bernard and Idrissa Gueye would miss Saturday’s game through injury, while Richarlison is still suspended.

One player who could feature, however, is Ademola Lookman with Silva confirming the English youngster trained this morning having recently picked up a slight groin injury.

And, if Silva does in fact decide to throw £10.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Lookman into the Everton line up, then it would be a decision that most Everton supporters would likely get behind.

Lookman had strongly been linked with a move back to RB Leipzig after a successful loan spell with the Bundesliga side during the second half of last season (via Sky Sports).

But he now looks set to remain at Goodison Park and, if that turns out to be the case, Silva must start to utilise the 20-year-old — and the upcoming match versus Huddersfield is the perfect opportunity to get things rolling.

The absence of both Richarlison and Bernard leaves room for another forward to be brought into the side, and Lookman is the ideal candidate.

With Huddersfield expected to approach the game in a very defensive manner — as they often do against decent opposition —  the Toffees could need an extra bit of quality in attack to unlock David Wagner’s two banks of four, something which Lookman can provide.

The former Charlton man is able to take the ball past defenders with his pace and dribbling ability and, ultimately, possesses the sort of technical skill that can cause a defence problems.

And the Goodison Park faithful will be hoping that defence will be Huddersfield’s.

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