Everton youngster Ademola Lookman enjoyed a very productive loan spell with Red Bull Leipzig this season.
Ademola Lookman has proven Sam Allardyce completely wrong at Everton.
When Lookman joined Red Bull Leipzig from Everton during the January transfer window, Allardyce stated his fears that the youngster was making a mistake.
The Toffees boss revealed that he tried to encourage Lookman to move somewhere he was guaranteed regular football, but the youngster was adamant he wanted the move to Germany.
“It is one of the most unusual situations I’ve been in where we have got some deals for him but he was adamant he chose Germany,” Allardyce said to the Daily Mail. “It is his choice. Oliver Burke (who plays for West Brom) has been there and could not wait to get away.
“We tried to persuade him not to because I think it is a big challenge for his development with not being able to speak the language. We wanted him to go out on loan to play first team football every week – there were better opportunities for that – but he was stubborn and got what he wanted.”
As it has turned out, Lookman was right to force through a move to Red Bull Leipzig, as he has been brilliant in Germany since making the switch.
The rapid attacker was one of Leipzig’s most threatening attacking players during his time there, and forced his way into their starting line-up.
Lookman scored five goals and claimed four assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances, and should return to Everton a much improved player.
The £10 million signing from Charlton may also be hoping for more game time next season, with Allardyce set to depart.
The Toffees look likely to change managers for next campaign, and Lookman will be hoping that Allardyce’s successor shows more faith in him.