Everton’s Ademola Lookman has been missing of late.
Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT that he doesn’t think Ademola Lookman is better than Toffees teammate Theo Walcott right now.
Everton forked out £10million (Independent) to sign winger Lookman from Charlton Athletic in 2017, having seen him star in League One.
The 21-year-old remains a hugely exciting prospect, and one of English football’s top young talents, but he hasn’t quite hit the heights expected of him at Goodison Park.
He made just eight appearances in the second half of the 2016-17 season after joining the club, before scoring just twice in 16 games in the first half of last term.
Even after going on loan to RB Leipzig and scoring five times in just 11 games, Lookman still hasn’t nailed down a spot in the Everton team, this time under Marco Silva.
Now, Lookman’s former Everton boss Allardyce has given his honest verdict, suggesting that Lookman only shows flashes of quality right now, and needs to prove he can be more consistent in order to get regular playing time ahead of Theo Walcott.
“Is Lookman better than Theo Walcott? Well, not quite yet,” said Allardyce. “He’s got great talent, but actually, when you look at his 90 minutes, there’s these flashes of very good skill, but not often enough.”
“He’s got to prove that he can deliver on a more regular basis, and I think Lookman will get in the team on a regular basis then,” he added.
There’s plenty of time for Lookman to make his impact, but it seems that Silva currently agrees with Allardyce. Silva last gave the forward a start in January, and he’s played just 46 minutes since the end of January.
Lookman is missing right now, but may eventually find that consistency that Allardyce is talking about, with Everton fans surely also in agreement about the youngster.