According to The Independent, Everton have jumped ahead of us in the queue to sign Ademola Lookman and so we must act now if we want to sign the winger.
The young Charlton starlet has impressed hugely in League 1 and for many it was only a matter of time before he joined a big club – a time that seems to be getting nearer and nearer according to the report.
Born in south-west London in 1997, Lookman was playing youth football with Lambeth side Waterloo FC from the age of 11 and remained with the charitable outfit until 2014 when he was picked up by Charlton’s fruitful academy setup.
Before that, however, Lookman told Tony’s Soccer School of his confidence as a young footballer, saying he possessed the “passion and desire” to succeed, as well as highlighting his qualities as a player:
“I see myself as a game-changing player and who can take the game by the scruff of its neck and make an immediate impact. I am very talented with both of my feet and I can shoot and pass with both [my] left and right feet. I believe [an] academy director should give me a trial because I believe I have what it takes to become a footballer.”
Able to play in a number of roles in the attacking line, including as an auxiliary striker, Lookman is at his best operating on the left wing, and he proved this against the Trotters, drifting inside to beat goalkeeper Ben Amos with a pair of instinctive efforts—one from his left foot, one from his right.
We could, in fact, see the Blues nip in front of us and take the youngster with a fee of £11 million made up of £8 million up front and £3 million in add-ons and so if Jurgen Klopp wants Lookman, we need to stump up that figure as soon as possible.
The teenage wide-man has pace and power in abundance already and so the idea of him working under our German boss is a good one, particularly if it stops the Toffees getting hold of him.