Everton are struggling right now, and boss Marco Silva is coming in for increasing criticism after Saturday's defeat at his former club Watford.
Silva is under mounting pressure, and in all honesty, his treatment of winger Ademola Lookman is one thing that really does deserve criticism.
Lookman finally looked like he'd broken into the Everton side for good with a fine performance and assist in the win over Bournemouth last month, but it's gone south very quickly.
Lookman played against Southampton and Millwall, but played just 30 minutes against Wolves last weekend, and then completely left out of the squad to face Manchester City, with Silva telling the Liverpool Echo it was a 'technical decision'.
Despite needing a goal on Saturday at Watford, Lookman was an unused substitute, with Silva preferring to use Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Bernard and even Theo Walcott in search of a goal.
Everton fans are baffled, and rightly so. The 21-year-old is a hugely talented player who needs a consistent run of games rather than being in and out like this. Just look at his RB Leipzig stint last season; seven starts, four substitute appearances, five goals, three assists.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Lookman actually wanted to leave Everton for Leipzig over the summer. Everton stood firm, but Lookman will have been expecting a role befitting of a player they want to keep.
Unfortunately, Lookman has started just three league games under Silva. His omission is bizarre, especially when Silva persists with Walcott, who continues to struggle this season.
If Silva really doesn't think Everton's attack is better off with the flair and pace of Lookman, then Everton are going to lose him – and that would be a huge shame not only because of his talent, but also from the viewpoint of him being a homegrown player that Everton should be building around.
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