Marco Silva says that he will do everything he can to make unsettled Ademola Lookman happy at Goodison Park and insists that he has equal claim to a starting role in his team as any of the new signings.
Lookman continues to be a transfer target for Red Bull Leipzig, the team he elected to join on loan in January over the advice of Sam Allardyce to stay in England and sign for a Championship club, and who still hope to lure him away from Everton before the European transfer deadline on 31st August.
Despite Allardyce's warning, the 20-year-old made an instant impact in the Bundesliga and according to the Leipzig manager, Ralf Rangnick, he is just as keen to make the transfer a permanent one.
If true, the change in manager at Everton to the more dynamic Silva hasn't altered his thinking and that appeared to be reflected in his cameo performance at the end of last weekend's friendly against Valencia.
Fans perceived a less-than enthusiastic demeanour from Lookman when he came on but Silva's reiteration of his faith in the player is an indication that he isn't giving up on him.
And he is keen to point out that the arrivals of Richarlison and Bernard, both of whom primarily play in Lookman's preferred role wide on the left, has not pushed him down the pecking order.
“First of all he has to understand that he is in a big club,” Silva said in The Guardian. “I think he understands and I'm here to be clear with him in this situation. Of course, we have to understand that he went on loan and was happy there, he enjoyed the football as well, and now he deserves to stay with us.
“I told him and our board on the first day that I believe in his skills and his profile. I did my technical analysis on him and he is a good talent. He is our present and our future. Now he has to fight for his position.
“I am here to do everything I can to make him happy again, to put him in the conditions to fight, and after that it is for him to keep his position and to fight to take it. It is not a case of we brought in Richarlison or Bernard as well [so they are ahead of him]. If he is in a better position and moment than the others then for sure he will play.”
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1 Posted 10/08/2018 at 16:17:54
Good news, but I just hope he backs those statements up by having him on the bench tomorrow.
I have a feeling that Lookman is one of those players who need to be convinced regularly that he is 'loved' in order to get the best out of him, as he does seem to become disillusioned very quickly.
The way he was treated by Allardyce mostly, but Koeman too, that becomes understandable, so come on Marco, have him either in the team or on the bench tomorrow.
2 Posted 10/08/2018 at 16:25:31
I hope he is convinced as Leipzig can still bid until the end of August.
3 Posted 11/08/2018 at 00:35:56
He is a good kid and hopefully the fans will see a happy demeanor before long and won't get on his back.
But overall, Silva has been commenting a lot recently about the need for players to be committed and to fight for their place which is music to my ears.
4 Posted 11/08/2018 at 00:44:12
Now he's up against Walcott, Bernard and Richarlison so he's going to find his chances even more limited and the onus will be on him to perform every time he gets a chance or he will be dropped. That's what happens when the squad gets better. He either steps up or sulks and we sell. I prefer the former but have a nagging feeling he'll end up doing the latter.
5 Posted 11/08/2018 at 00:45:21
6 Posted 11/08/2018 at 00:56:50
Can never understand managers when the game is so blatantly stale, leaving it, and bringing the sub on with 5 minutes to go.
7 Posted 11/08/2018 at 00:58:01
8 Posted 11/08/2018 at 01:01:45
Outbound, and then forgotten, in January.
9 Posted 11/08/2018 at 01:06:45
10 Posted 11/08/2018 at 01:10:37
Question is do we keep either of them at the club or sell them and recoup bit of money? Maybe insert buy-back clauses as Barca did for Mina!
I notice Vlasic might be heading to Moscow on loan which just leaves Lookman!!!
11 Posted 11/08/2018 at 01:12:39
He came as an unknown out of an obscure youth club as a baby-faced kid and established himself at Charlton at age 18.
He scored on his second touch as an Everton player, against City no less.
He was unfairly sidetracked by Klueless Koeman, but never publicly complained.
He told Fat Sam to shove Derby County up his ass and instead made his own way to Leipzig, where he subbed on late in his first game and promptly won the game for them. And in defiance of most expectations, he established himself as a genuine Bundesliga player.
When he wanted to stay there permanently, Silva told him no, but again he has never said a word about it in public.
Lookman has guts. And IF he proves to have talent enough to take playing time from Richarlison, Walcott and Bernard, I have no doubt he will do it. Because I've never seen the slightest indication of quit in this kid.
And he's still only 20.
12 Posted 11/08/2018 at 01:22:37
Here's a few ideas.
13 Posted 11/08/2018 at 01:23:49
14 Posted 11/08/2018 at 02:41:56
But let's face it, there's a pecking order and he's third in line for that spot. How many games will he play this season? If he did particularly well... Maybe 10-15? He needs to play 30 and I just can't see it happening.
If I were him I'd absolutely be looking for a move. Can't really begrudge a young lad wanting to actually play regular football.
15 Posted 11/08/2018 at 02:45:38
16 Posted 11/08/2018 at 03:03:47
17 Posted 11/08/2018 at 04:25:10
18 Posted 11/08/2018 at 04:25:18
Lookman saying no to a move down to the Championship when he knew he could go play for a top club in Germany is in no way a sign of an attitude problem. He was absolutely right in his judgement and had every right to choose where he was going to play when his manager told him he was to be sent out on loan.
19 Posted 11/08/2018 at 04:34:13
Obviously as an Evertonian I hope we keep Lookman and have him develop at the club while adding strength in depth to the squad. But I certainly won't cast him as a villain for wanting a move.
20 Posted 11/08/2018 at 04:46:02
21 Posted 11/08/2018 at 05:39:27
22 Posted 11/08/2018 at 07:14:15
Hes young, may be home sick, but London is not that far with todays trains etc.
Hes got loads of skill, I see him playing in the forward line eventually.
With M&M in control, I do believe they appreciate talent, lets hope he is in todays squad.
Common the Blues!
23 Posted 11/08/2018 at 07:23:38
My screen saver shows Davis' goal celebration when we smashed Man City. We either played like, or City made us look like Brazil that day. Lookman scored the fourth but it seems so long ago I can hardly remember what he was like as a player.
24 Posted 11/08/2018 at 07:24:30
25 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:07:50
Really want him to do well, as this would be a steal at £11mil if he turns out to be half as good as he could be.
26 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:09:53
‘His absence has elevated his reputation
Surely its also the fact that he proved himself capable in his loan spell.
27 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:18:43
Off the field he seen the perpetrators go unpunished and they where is even leaders in the dressing room and where the Managers buddies, This was all compounded by the fact he was dropped from the first team unfairly, as if he was to blame. , Lookman was in bad company and knew it, he had to get away,
He insisted through the waffle from Big Sam and secured a loan to Leipzig. He was in a dressing room where everyone was trying their best and playing first team football with good supporting play as standard.
Lookman arrived back to Everton determined to secure a move to Leipzig. The new Management talked a good story, but the same players where there and seemed as secure as ever, bar the crocks, that everyone knew where going to move on anyway.
Lookman was still in contact with Leipzig and wanted to move. Leipzig spotting a opportunity looked for a bargain. Glad we don't have their Director of football.
Silva has correctly identified Lookman as the barometer of cutting out the rot at Everton. Brands and Silva know that to replace him would cost a lot of money or be impossible. Lookman and his attitude are now to the fore in the dressing. The wheel has turned full circle.
. Lookman will be glad he stayed, as we all will be.
28 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:22:16
Its down to the player now as he will be given opportunities.
I have a feeling that players are going to thrive under Marco and perhaps show us levels we thought before were not achievable.
29 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:31:42
30 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:36:44
Who has he upset and how?
31 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:41:37
I hope Ernie, is wrong when he talks about there being a "pecking order" because the way Silva, is talking, it seems to me that this manager is already thinking past this, and it's one of the reasons I'm beginning to feel quietly confident about Everton's future.
Modern football is no longer about the team, it really is a squad game nowadays for all the biggest teams, and this is why creating competition within the squad is going to be so important for Marco Silva, right now.
I actually feel that it's been that way for years, but I've only just realised it, because suddenly I've got a lot of optimism, because it looks like we might have created a very competitive squad?
32 Posted 11/08/2018 at 08:41:46
33 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:03:06
34 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:03:36
All our players need to be managed, challenged and motivated to do much better, as it stands Silva and Brands are backing up their intial claims and aims when appointed.
35 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:29:12
Not that I advocate violence towards ten year old kids, obviously.
Maybe if he grew up and realised what a lucky bloke he is, with a God given talent and a future that could be wonderful, he could realise his potential.
36 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:44:50
Lookmans agent hasn't toted him round the Premier League. Lookman has now experienced so called Premier League stars up close and personal. He hasn't been impressed by their attitude. The Leipzig opportunity guaranteed team football in a good standard League and he could be sure of no underhand funny business
. It will have occurred to Lookmans agents that the move has tripled his value and that Everton can pay higher wages. He will also be aware that Everton are Premier League side with financial backing and have a uncanny relationship with a club called Barcelona, who are probably watching the situation closely.
Lookman will probably be training hard to get into the first team and staying.
37 Posted 11/08/2018 at 09:48:19
Looks to have loads of potential but been very hit and miss so far. Hopefully his loan spell in Germany has helped him to mature more as a player and achieve more consistency.
I would rather have him at EFC than not though.
38 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:22:46
39 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:26:24
40 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:30:24
No player is bigger than the team. If he is not proud to pull on the shirt and await his chance then maybe we should cash him in regardless of his potential.
41 Posted 11/08/2018 at 10:41:58
42 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:06:17
I hope, like we all do, despite his tender years, that even though sulking, he still wins us games until, if and when, Marcel the magician can find a replacement. Did I mention I love that Dutch dude? Coyb.
Schools of Science is open for business.
43 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:08:59
Whichever it is, the words are correct.
45 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:41:56
46 Posted 11/08/2018 at 11:52:24
But many at his age have a lot of black and white in their attitude, hopefully Silva can get through that absolute 'I know everything' and get him to see sense...well sense as it applies to EFC.
If he keeps his head up his arse he could be gone at Jan. Anyway, head in or out of arse not withstanding he'll not only have to prove the right attitude...The Straq had an ace attitude, but skill on the pitch??? He has to also do it on the pitch as well.
Over to you Ade.
47 Posted 11/08/2018 at 12:07:57
48 Posted 11/08/2018 at 12:32:36
I like him, think he can have a big career with the Blues so I hope he stays.
49 Posted 11/08/2018 at 12:59:28
50 Posted 11/08/2018 at 13:33:33
Off with him, I say. £25M — it's a deal.
51 Posted 11/08/2018 at 14:02:36
52 Posted 11/08/2018 at 14:53:13
And let's not exaggerate on his loan last season, RB Leipzig are not a 'top club'. They have never won anything.
Silva has done the right thing here, and given the lad a chance to prove himself. I personally think he is, as Derek suggested, another Deulofeu type that's easy on the eye, but doesn't have enough end product to ever be a top player.
53 Posted 11/08/2018 at 15:00:09
When the opportunity comes he has to be 100% ready, and prove to everyone that he cannot be left out. On top of that he has to be consistent.
He is arguably the best young player on our books but, like every other player, he has to fight like hell for his place. Having the talent is only half the story: mental strength and desire are part of the mix. I think this lad has got it all.
54 Posted 11/08/2018 at 15:21:08
This is a young kid who watched the so-called senior pros in the team produce inept performance after inept performance whilst he was mostly sat kicking his heels. A great display in the dead rubber against the Cypriots and then back to playing second fiddle to Bolasie (not meaning to pick on Bolasie in particular but there you have it).
Then he goes on loan and plays even better than Keita for whom the RS forked out millions. Returning to Everton you'd probably all be looking to move on.
Lookman is at heart a good lad and a smart one. We can carp on all we like about how fortunate he is to earn his football wage but the facts are he had options and the onus was on Silva to convince him of the merits of staying. I am happy to think that Silva is doing exactly that.
I'm confident the lad will soon see that he is valued and it is in his own best interests to develop here.
55 Posted 11/08/2018 at 15:25:53
56 Posted 11/08/2018 at 16:01:05
57 Posted 13/08/2018 at 00:49:15
I think Leipzig want him to be the man to replace Kieta. More importantly for us, he could be a different option to Sigurdsson. He offers so many options at the business end of the pitch. I hope we stick to our guns and turn down further offers.
58 Posted 13/08/2018 at 03:50:49
I still believe he will be gone before the end of the month.
59 Posted 13/08/2018 at 09:17:51
Leipzig called, obviously put an arm around him and got the best from him, in a system which give him freedom to play . He responds with 5 goals and x assists. Apparently he loves it there and sees no permanent place in Everton's team and wants out . Nothing to do with Silva but the lad can't forget his treatment here, he was 18 yrs old, on his own, clearly not an outgoing lad and felt lost and isolated .
Leipzig is his home now ( and I suspect German league football is easier for him re physicality) and he will be going back before Aug 31 st .
60 Posted 13/08/2018 at 14:42:24
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