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Why Joe Gomez should be a role model to Lookman




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Ademola Lookman is one player who is destined for the top as long as he remains focus and sees someone to serve as his role model.

The 21-year-old winger joined the Toffees from Charlton Athletic in 2016-17 but was only able to feature in just eight matches.

Despite Sam Allardyce’s promise to retain the player prior to the start of last season, Everton decided to loan him out to RB Leipzig in January for the concluding part of the season.

During his stay with the Bundesliga side, Lookman was lively and ruthless in front of goal as he to scored five goals in 11 games.

Having seen how wonderful the youngster performed during his loan spell, Leipzig moved to make the deal a permanent one during the summer transfer market but the Merseyside club prevented any deal from pushing through.

Despite much-improved offer from the German club, Everton weren’t convinced as Marco Silva held on to Lookman’s services, so much to the player’s disappointment.

Unfortunately, Lookman – who could have been a deadly striker for RB Leipzig this season, is now a bit-part player at Goodison Park this season.

Former Watford manager Marco Silva has chosen to play Siggurdson, Richarlison, and Calvert-Lewis ahead of the youngster.

Irrespective of the set-backs, Lookman has always grabbed every opportunity given to him so as to pass a message through to the coach that he’s more than willing and ready to be a regular starter in the team.

Against Chelsea two weeks ago, the player’s introduction changed the tempo of the clash as the Toffees became more rampant and sharp at the left flank of attack.

Though it ended goalless, it took Kepa Arrizabalaga’s brave and mighty hands to prevent the youngster from scoring.

As much as Lookman is trying to break into Silva’s starting XI, he needs to draw his inspiration from Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez, who was his close pal during their time at Charlton Athletic.

Gomez is presently an integral figure in Klopp’s team despite his young age. The 22-year-old has successfully pushed experience defenders like Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip down the pecking order.

Internationally, the Liverpool centre-back is now featuring regularly for the Three Lions. He was in action for the team in their last-gasp 2-1 victory over Croatia in yesterday’s interesting UEFA Nations League.

For Lookman to feature prominently in Silva’s plan for this season, he must draw his inspiration from the Liverpool youngster and remain focus and determined.

Lookman must ensure consistent solid performance and also play to the manager’s tactics and instructions.

Once all of these are done consistently, the player’s quality, talents and potentials will be too obvious to be ignored by Silva or any manager he works with in the future.

He’s played four matches for the team so far but all of them have been from the substitute bench.

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