The exciting 20-year-old elected to join the Bundesliga side in January and made a quick impact scoring five times in 12 appearances in the few months he was there.
What followed was a concerted effort over the summer by Leipzig to sign Lookman on a permanent basis but they were thwarted by Everton's refusal to sell a player whom they only acquired themselves in January last year.
The situation was complicated, however, by an apparent desire on the player's part to see the move to Germany happen during the last transfer window, that despite a new managerial setup at Finch Farm that is very different to the one he left in the winter window due to frustration at a lack of game time.
The inevitable result has been some uncertainty over how Lookman would react to the Blues' decision to dig their heels in and refuse bids from Leipzig that reportedly topped €20m, although Evertonians have been tried to encourage him with strong messages of support on the couple of occasions he has taken to the field since his return from Germany.
Silva was asked today how he interpreted the reception the winger got from fans when he came on as a substitute against Huddersfield Town a fortnight ago for his first minutes in the first team this season and the manager said that he saw nothing negative in the crowd's reaction.
“What I felt was that it was a big reaction for him at the match," the Portuguese said. "I didn't see that it was a mixed reaction.
“Even if it happened, it would have been a normal situation but what I felt was a big reaction from our fans to him.
“What is expect not just from Ademola but from all our players is big commitment with us every day. It's an obligation to us and our fans with this job.”
Asked if he was seeing a happy player in training, Silva replied: “Yes, of course. All of you know what happened during the last [transfer window] — he had one club with big interest in him but it's done, the market is finished.
“Now is the moment to keep focus on his job. The club is supporting him all the time to give 100% every day.”
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1 Posted 14/09/2018 at 19:13:52
2 Posted 14/09/2018 at 19:52:38
3 Posted 14/09/2018 at 19:59:11
I hope he isn't gonna be blow hot, blow cold like a certain Kevin Mirallas.
He'll need to show he's committed to Everton FC over this season.
4 Posted 14/09/2018 at 20:35:50
5 Posted 14/09/2018 at 20:48:48
Remember being 18-21? I avoid doing so at all costs... :D
Well, he was brought to Everton as being a very hot prospect, then he gets ignored – even after his game vs LFC... And he finds he can play to his best for someone who eventually not only accepts him, but seemingly loves him? No-brainer for an ambitious young man!
Lookman is very much what we need, he can do the unexpected and has self-belief enough to try. He's been on and off, like all youngsters meeting very experienced opposition, as opposed to what he found at younger levels.
So I hope he buckles down and takes on board everything Silva and the more experienced players can load onto him, then makes his own nest among all that!
6 Posted 14/09/2018 at 20:49:43
7 Posted 14/09/2018 at 21:26:09
I can well understand how he wanted to go back to Leipzig where they took a chance and he performed very well for them; so much so, they were prepared to pay in excess of £20 million for a player who had only played a couple of games for us coming off the bench.
I have to say his body language didn't look great when Silva brought him on against Huddersfield. But even a disenchanted Lookman still created a great chance in the 15 minutes he was on the field.
I also read what Aidy Boothroyd, the England Under-20s manager, said when Lookman played against Latvia in the week. He said, "Ademola is a very talented footballer but whether it was the on-off transfer to Leipzig that has affected him, I don't know, but the player lacked focus tonight."
I just hope that he knuckles down and puts the transfer to Leipzig behind him but, if he can't and has decided, whatever happens in the coming weeks, then we will have no option but to sell.
8 Posted 14/09/2018 at 21:40:36
9 Posted 14/09/2018 at 21:40:52
10 Posted 15/09/2018 at 02:33:40
11 Posted 15/09/2018 at 02:44:45
12 Posted 15/09/2018 at 03:17:47
When joining Leipzig he was asked what flaws he had in his game, he replied, "I don't have any".
His biggest flaw is his personality. Dunno if that will ever change...
13 Posted 15/09/2018 at 03:23:28
14 Posted 15/09/2018 at 06:53:40
The window has been shut for weeks now. It does not bode well that the player still seems to be affected negatively by it.
I suspect that Everton may never see the best of Ademola Lookman which is a shame as he could be a good player. Leipzig know young talent when they see it.
15 Posted 15/09/2018 at 08:11:03
16 Posted 15/09/2018 at 08:27:50
He is talented but to succeed he needs to be 100% on his game physically and mentally. Perhaps he is one of those lads who needs an arm round the shoulder rather than a kick up the arse.
17 Posted 15/09/2018 at 08:44:05
I do get your point, yes. I didn't understand how Koeman just shoved him into a cupboard after his wonderful first game and goal against Man City.
Well, Silva apparently plans to use him, so maybe he'll get his chance to shine and show some invincibility for us.
18 Posted 15/09/2018 at 09:10:28
It's in everyone's interest for him to perform, nobody wants to sign a sulk so, if he wants the Leipzig move (or indeed any move), he will need to play, and play well.
19 Posted 15/09/2018 at 10:25:04
20 Posted 15/09/2018 at 15:04:26
22 Posted 15/09/2018 at 15:50:25
I think you may have nailed it with the Saido Berahino comparison. I was trying to find a good match: Balotelli, Ravel Morrison, but Bera fits. What a wasted 3 or 4 years he has had.
I am glad to see that he seems to have finally turned the corner. I am not a fan of Stoke, Burundi or him particularly but it is a shame to see a guy waste his talent.
23 Posted 15/09/2018 at 16:36:55
24 Posted 16/09/2018 at 00:16:14
Happy to be proved wrong but I suspect he's not going to live up to the hype.
The new Jeffers, Barkley, Rodwell, Vaughan... [Insert name here]
25 Posted 16/09/2018 at 02:58:37
Unlike the three wankers you mentioned, Vaughany was actually a decent lad and player. Just had terrible luck with injuries. I am glad to see him doing well at Wigan with Robinson and Connolly.
He could've done much more but he has forged out a solid career for himself considering his terrible luck. He is one ex-Blue I would welcome back as a coach as opposed to jokers like Jeffers.
26 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:23:40
27 Posted 16/09/2018 at 10:44:49
28 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:12:35
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