Picture this. It’s the 86th minute in a tight Premier League game, and the score is 0-0. The ball comes to your feet, and with little time to think, you’re able to cast a ball into the penalty box – terrifying territory for the opposition – to offer your teammate a fantastic opportunity to score a last ditch goal.
Well, for Ademola Lookman, that became a reality over the weekend, with the English attacker brought on to change the game in the closing stages against Crystal Palace – only to set up Dominic Calvert-Lewin a few moments later to put Everton in the driving seat against the Eagles.
It capped off a pretty good few weeks for Lookman, who had previously put in a commanding performance for the England developmental team during the international break.
It hasn’t been an easy season for him, having made 0 league starts this term, but that moment in Everton’s game against Palace should be reason enough for Marco Silva to reconsider.
After all, he did exactly what was asked of him. He came on and changed the game, and it’s hard to imagine Theo Walcott doing anything similar. Walcott has been poor in recent weeks, yet Lookman has stood up to be counted right when it really mattered.
Offering technique, pace and energy, Lookman is the perfect player to fit into Marco Silva’s system, and there’s no doubting that over time, the Englishman will grow into the complete player for the club.
And at just 20-years-old, he will only grow stronger with every passing week, and for Everton, that can only be a good thing.