Everton fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing the Toffees lose at home to Burnley on Sunday.
The Merseyside outfit had three days earlier only managed a 2-2 draw at home to minnows Apollon Limassol in the Europa League to extend their winless start to that competition, and things didn’t get any better for manager Ronald Koeman on Sunday.
Jeff Hendrick’s first half strike sealed a deserved 1-0 win for the Clarets to inflict a fourth Premier League defeat on the Toffees, which has left several of our resident Evertonians wondering what the future holds for boss Koeman.
This fortnight’s international break gives Everton the time to regroup and readjust ahead of the trip to Brighton a week on Sunday, but it has also aroused speculation about the future of one of their players, namely Ademola Lookman.
The 19-year-old moved to Goodison Park back in January of this year and hit the ground running with a goal on his debut against Manchester City, but he has found things much tougher since then, adding just 11 more first team appearances for the Toffees.
And the England Under-21 international’s struggles for regular football has reportedly attracted the interest of Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town, and Tottenham, all of whom are keeping a close eye on the forward’s situation ahead of the January transfer window.
However, given the current plight Everton are in, and the enormous potential Lookman has, the Toffees would be silly to let the 19-year-old leave the club in January.
Ultimately, Everton are having serious issues in the final third this season, with just four goals scored so far in the Premier League, and just seven in their six Europa League matches, including qualifying rounds.
That simply isn’t going to get the job done, but what is more baffling is that Koeman has yet to give Lookman an opportunity in the Premier League this season despite their struggles.
The England youngster, who won the World Cup with the Under-20s over the summer, has been named on the bench in five of their seven league matches, but failed to appear in any, despite on a few occasions the Toffees being in need of someone to come on and give them a spark, Sunday against Burnley for example.
He showed his credentials by netting within a minute of coming on as a substitute for his debut against Manchester City back in January, but he hasn’t quite been given the regular run of games needed to hone in on his strengths, and thus get the best out of him.
Even in the Carabao Cup clash with Sunderland, Lookman didn’t get a start.
Without doubt though, the former Charlton Athletic forward has enormous potential, but also has the talent presently to make a difference to this Everton team.
They are stuck in a rut, and Koeman should be exploring every possible avenue to try and find a solution to their troubles, yet Lookman remains an unused substitute in the Premier League.
After the summer he had with England, he would have likely come back to Goodison Park full of confidence and raring to go, but chances have been at a premium, hence the interest developing from other top-flight sides.
Letting Lookman go to any of these teams would strengthen them, as well as weaken Everton, and given the situation the Toffees are in, they simply cannot afford to let such a talented player leave the club.
Thus, it would be a silly decision to let the £4.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) move on in the winter.
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