Lookman has made just three starts for Everton this season.
Everton fans are discussing Ademola Lookman’s first start since August on Twitter.
The £7 million January recruit showed great promise in his first half-season at Everton, but had found himself largely overlooked by Ronald Koeman and David Unsworth this campaign.
Yet, more than three months after his last starting appearance – which came Everton’s Europa League fourth qualifying round tie against Hajduk Split – Lookman was back in his side’s first eleven in Lyon on Thursday.
And although the result was on the whole a negative one – Everton losing 3-0 and exiting Europe’s secondary club competition with two group games remaining – the 20-year-old’s display appears to have left a positive impression on many Blues fans.
Most of those are hoping that Lookman will now be given a run in the first team, with several fearful of a January exit for the former Charlton player if not.
How has lookman not been near that starting 11? Ridiculous. When you think of the lack of pace and width and hes been siting there— EFC People’s Group (@ThePeoplesGroup) November 3, 2017
If Lookman is sold in Jan to another PL team he will be play more and it would not suprise me if he is spending summer in Russia— Mark Davies (@Crewemole) 3 November 2017
Dunno why we dont play lookman and vlasic the full 90mins down the wings am sure dcl would win alot of headers from crosses— bmaca77 (@bmaca77efc) 3 November 2017
We will create more chances at home with Lookman Lennon Mirallas. Rooney will score and so will sig if given chances— Usmanov1878 (@usmanov1878) 3 November 2017
@philkecho Try and accentuate the positive. He tried a bold new formation that worked 70 mins, team worked hard, Lookman/Beningime excellent— peter james needham (@pjneedham40) 2 November 2017
Only positives from tonight: Pickford kept it down again, Beni gave us a bit of bite in midfield, Lookman should be a guaranteed starter— Patrick Burke (@pburke_CL1907) 2 November 2017
Team for Sun lads. Pickford, Keane, Williams, Holgate, Baines (reluctantly), Lookman, Lennon, Banningime, Sigurdson, Davies, Niasse— Steve Rice (@scousericey) 2 November 2017
Lookman starts every game now. Even in the middle! Taking players on, getting free kicks and creating chances!— Usmanov1878 (@usmanov1878) 2 November 2017
Lookman gonna leave an become a top player.— lewis scott (@lewiscott_) 2 November 2017
Goals from Bertrand Traore, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay consigned Everton to defeat in France, with Morgan Schneiderlin sent off for the visitors 10 minutes from time.