The 19-year-old was signed from League One Charlton Athletic last month for an initial £7.5m fee that could rise to £11m and made an instant impact with a debut goal just minutes after coming off the bench against Manchester City.
Lookman had been expected to be eased into the first team, perhaps by way of David Unsworth's U23s side but he has already made two senior starts and impressed both fans and manager alike with how well he has adapted to the Premier League.
"I'm not surprised because I am watching him in training every day," Koeman, told evertonfc.com. "He now knows what intensity he is up against and the quality of the players around him.
"It's a big challenge for Ademola but he is doing well. He is the future of the club. He's a big, big talent who is working hard to improve, like everybody."
The London-born forward is breaking into the team at the same time as two more Blues youngsters in the form of Tom Davies, a year his junior, and 20-year-old Mason Holgate.
Dominic Calvert Lewin, also 20, meanwhile, travelled with the first team squad to Dubai this week having recovered from the ankle injury he sustained on his own full debut against Southampton at the start of the year.
They are at the forefront of a promising crop of young players at Everton who are ensuring that the club's future looks very bright.
"Ademola is a good example in that if you are good enough you will play and there are others here like him who will get their chance if they keep working hard," Koeman continued.
"It's very encouraging. The club has some good, young boys coming through and as a team that's exactly what we want."
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1 Posted 16/02/2017 at 06:52:44
2 Posted 16/02/2017 at 07:08:24
3 Posted 16/02/2017 at 07:09:56
Articles like this put to bed the fallacy that Koeman won't use young players. That and the fact that he has played more teenagers this season than any other Premier League manager. Long may it continue.
And thank goodness Koeman is an average manager, a tactical dinosaur who Barcelona would never be interested in.
4 Posted 16/02/2017 at 07:39:53
I was losing patience with Koeman before Christmas for I thought he wasn't one for giving the young talent and chance, but he clearly is with Davies in the team and now the high praise of Lookman, who has something special about him. We're lucky to have both on our books.
5 Posted 16/02/2017 at 07:41:04
I commented on social media at the time to a mate that Ademola was different class so I was made up when he came. Ooses quality.
6 Posted 16/02/2017 at 08:45:07
Additionally we have some exceptional youngsters who, as Rons says, if they work hard and progress, then they have a chance of breaking into the first team. Obviously those who are not ready will have to work to get in.
We have some exciting times ahead.
7 Posted 16/02/2017 at 10:04:07
I can see us picking up some of the best youngsters from around the globe because of our academy set-up and the chance to play under Koeman.
10 Posted 16/02/2017 at 14:45:48
11 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:11:11
12 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:47:35
13 Posted 16/02/2017 at 16:56:58
I know many fans on here were worried about our youngsters when he came because of this. I think he has put more faith in young players than Martinez or Moyes ever did.
15 Posted 16/02/2017 at 17:30:34
Everton have had their share of young phenoms like Jeffers and the like who just don't make it due to different reasons.
It's nice to see Holgate, Davies and a few others staking a claim this season. Good luck to them.
16 Posted 16/02/2017 at 17:35:37
It has never mattered how old a player is, if you have a kid better than the guy who has the shirt, you put him in. Holgate and Davies were clearly better than Jagielka and Cleverley.
I do believe another penny has just dropped.
17 Posted 17/02/2017 at 04:53:55
18 Posted 17/02/2017 at 10:36:41
If we wanna challenge for top 6, we can't throw away points now because he might become a success in the future. Give him time, and play Valencia or Mirallas from the start.
19 Posted 18/02/2017 at 11:21:34
Notwithstanding what I have said recently and previously about Lukaku, he (Lukaku) is not consist enough, he is just a man who's human after all he's worked into the ground. We simply have our work cut out for us in this League as each team has some form of striking power to hurt us not to mention good defences.
Relatively, in terms of like for like players, Lookman simply does not have enough of a physical presence to be taken seriously. Stop with all this hype (exaggeration), it's terribly boring.
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