The 20-year-old made a surprise loan move to the Bundesliga side in January after it became clear that his first-team chances at Everton under Sam Allardyce were slim and he was an instant hit.
Lookman is back at Finch Farm training with the Blues who have no intention of selling and that is backed up by the Mirror report that says their opening offer has been knocked back.
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1 Posted 05/07/2018 at 23:48:29
Double that and it would be more like a starting offer!
2 Posted 05/07/2018 at 23:48:36
3 Posted 06/07/2018 at 00:18:02
4 Posted 06/07/2018 at 00:27:36
It will also put to bed any speculation.
5 Posted 06/07/2018 at 00:44:31
I hope Silva and Brands have convinced him that he's got a big future with us. He's a cracking player who will only get better.
6 Posted 06/07/2018 at 01:13:41
Tell them to shove their Red Bull where the sun doesn't shine.
7 Posted 06/07/2018 at 01:38:26
8 Posted 06/07/2018 at 02:21:14
9 Posted 06/07/2018 at 02:23:22
10 Posted 06/07/2018 at 04:48:51
11 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:05:42
12 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:08:15
13 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:17:22
Feisty is exactly what EFC needs and what we have been calling for from the lethargic, "couldn't care less" attitude of the majority of the first team squad in recent seasons.
Hopefully, Brands and Silva have shown Ademola that there is truly a "new dawn" at EFC in which he and his playing style will figure greatly.
Ademola is the type of player we need to keep, not shed.
Any offer from anyone should be met with a blunt – "This player is not available for sale" statement.
14 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:51:28
15 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:57:27
16 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:57:42
17 Posted 06/07/2018 at 07:59:23
18 Posted 06/07/2018 at 08:01:44
I agree that the offer would need to be at least doubled or the player needs to be told he has to honour his current Contract. It is potentially disruptive to have a player in the squad who doesn't want to play for the Club. I very much want the player to stay but I fear the worst.
19 Posted 06/07/2018 at 08:03:32
I suspect the lad is too cocky by half to settle into the much-lauded benign atmosphere at Finch Farm. I think he's on his way!
20 Posted 06/07/2018 at 09:00:04
21 Posted 06/07/2018 at 09:44:18
If he does end up going, Sam will have the last laugh and he'll be giving a firm two fingers to us, because he knows how much we rate him.
I'm not on Twitter but I'd consider joining the site to send him a message convincing him to stay.
22 Posted 06/07/2018 at 09:46:18
23 Posted 06/07/2018 at 10:15:41
He is a potentially special talent. I used to laugh at commentators who raved when one of Cantona's arrogant flicks landed at the feet of a team mate. They ignored the four that lost his side the ball. We have to let this lad know that he is wanted here, warts and all. Only then will we be able to benefit from his exciting talent.
24 Posted 06/07/2018 at 10:55:46
A team built around Pickford, Holgate, Coleman, Davies, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin and maybe one or two others will trouble most Premier League teams if Silva is able to coach them well.
I saw the highlights of most of RB Leipzig's games on TV after Lookman joined them on loan. Lookman was played on the left, Keita was played on the right. Most Leipzig goals came from the left, and Lookman scored more and created more than Keita. And those cheeky fuckers milked the RS for (I think) £54 million for Keita!
25 Posted 06/07/2018 at 11:02:44
All wingers are inconsistent. Wingers of his wage are even more so. There's a lot of work to do on his game. He is far from the finished article. I have complete faith that Silva is the right coach for him and will make him a better player, like he did with Richarlison at Watford.
Martin, your story about Cantona can be applied to Lookman and Barkley. When Barkley was here, he got stick for wasting a lot of opportunities. Whether it was just down to Koeman or Allardyce, or it was the lack of Barkley, without Barkley, we struggled to create many of these opportunities. I'd gladly accept a player wasting them, just to have a few of them a game that can come off and create a goal or two. Which means we need patience if and when he makes a bad decision that leads to a move breaking down.
26 Posted 06/07/2018 at 11:22:13
Lookman has got massive potential resale value. Lookman is improving.We may not be able to keep hold of him if he demands a guaranteed starting place, but I would be gutted. Maybe Silva wants Richarlison instead of Lookman.
If we sell it is one that will come back to haunt us. Lookman is special and the best young talent on our books.
27 Posted 06/07/2018 at 11:52:20
28 Posted 06/07/2018 at 12:07:52
Leipzig have put in a bid with some knowledge of possible player approval. Brands and Silva have to convince Lookman that his career will progress with Everton and that Everton have changed. There will be bids from other clubs, so his value will be realised.
29 Posted 06/07/2018 at 12:23:44
Last season, we had multiple games where we failed to even register a shot on goal, and here we have a young player – one of the standout talents at the Under-20 World Cup last summer – who we're at significant risk of losing.
Yes, he's still quite raw, but in terms of natural talent and potential, I think he is the best young player we have in our squad. He's quick, he's imaginative, he's tenacious – and I'd like to see him starting.
30 Posted 06/07/2018 at 12:53:06
Time to play Daniel Levy type hardball methinks. Remind player he is contracted to Everton. Slap a £50 million fee on him. 25% minimum sell-on clause. Tell RB to fuck off and never contact EFC or any of its players again – and that Lookman is not for sale to them at any price. Warn agents there will be adverse consequences if they act to undermine the club in any way.
We can still try to convince Lookman that he will have a key role to play if he performs well for us and an improved contract will be the reward. But also tell him that if he doesn't show commitment and perform, he can see out his contract using Niasse's old non-locker. Losing £10 million on Lookman in order to show we are no longer a soft touch is a worthwhile investment in my book after the huge amounts wasted in over payments etc in recent years.
Bitterly disappointed if we lose a player of Lookman's talent, but Everton FC must come first.
31 Posted 06/07/2018 at 12:59:53
I know Brands and Silva need some time to repair the damage but, if they don't see some sort of marked improvement this season, the club is in trouble.
32 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:06:07
I also recognize they are players who can frustrate and disappoint. Fans are very quick in criticizing and forgetting what they offer when they don't impact on the game.
Managers in-game also have low tolerance levels of a player not producing the goods on the day. Three times last season Lookman was substituted at half-time having started the game – twice for Everton, once for Leipzig.
It's worth remembering Lookman's schooling in professional football started very late; so, in that regard, he has lost out on 5-8 years of his football education.
Some mock such training as taking away or suppressing innate instinctive skills a young player may have. Others consider it essential to teach good habits in the fundamentals. The truth probably lies somewhere between the truth.
We certainly shouldn't be selling him, but nor is he at the level yet which secures him a regular starting spot.
When he is good, Lookman is very VERY good. He can also be very peripheral, anonymous even.
Potential he has in abundance. Consistency... not yet.
33 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:07:16
34 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:08:19
35 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:11:36
The issue is not just that he is a talent, not just that he can roast defenders with ease and score goals, it is that he is the blueprint for future Everton players. If we are to sell, it would have to be for an extremely high price or Moshiri, his vision of the future for the club, and his influence will just be seen as lightweight.
If the player wants to go, then more fool him. This is the league to play in. He should only go on our terms; however, I still have doubts on Everton's conduct in transfers when it comes to getting the best deal and not giving in when an unsuitable bid is made. It is time to be strong and hard-nosed.
36 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:12:15
If possible, then we should try our best to keep him and try to get the best out of him. If he is determined to go, then we have got to get the most money possible which, for me, is £30m plus lots of extras.
37 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:12:31
After Silva left this applies: "Managers in-game also have low tolerance levels of a player not producing the goods on the day", and Richarlison did not have the same impact.
So that gives me hope that Silva is the right manager for Lookman, that he will have a high tolerance and will get the best out of Lookman. I just hope Lookman can see it too.
38 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:24:07
39 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:32:12
Sometimes players just don't rise to the next level as expected and Everton have had their share of those types of players. Lookman will get a chance during the Summer... unless he is bent on leaving, so it's up to him.
40 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:47:19
41 Posted 06/07/2018 at 13:53:04
Lookman has 3 years left. He can't wait that out. His wages are low. If we want to let him rot to teach him a lesson, we can afford to do so. We hold all the cards here. Lookman and his agent will do what we tell them. So he will have to stay for at least this season if we tell him to.
As I said above, Silva needs to make him feel wanted and to say give us a season, and we'll have a chat next summer. Then, with the contract down to 2 years, it's either extended or he's sold.
42 Posted 06/07/2018 at 14:02:23
If he gets a chance and he's good enough on a semi-consistent (nobody is always good) then he plays and he should be happy.
But I'd only let him go in this window if he's just not part of Silva's plans, which I can't see being the case to be honest.
43 Posted 06/07/2018 at 14:38:43
I wish, on reflection, Everton had opened talks last summer with some low offers instead of diving in with some ridiculous bids and even more ridiculous wages. We can learn something off other clubs in the way we go about transfer business, or maybe the new DOF is already well clued up.
44 Posted 06/07/2018 at 14:58:50
45 Posted 06/07/2018 at 16:43:15
We did yours with regards to Sigurdsson and that transfer went on and on and on.
Regards to Pickford and Keane we got them in early, but didn't Walsh just come out and say we paid a lot less than stated?
46 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:19:48
I like Sigurdsson... but when the asking fee got as ridiculous as it did, someone with a bit of sense (Was there anyone at the club with sense???) should have pulled the plug and went elsewhere.
Yes, Walsh was explaining how he was telling Everton we had to sign him; he even told Leicester to sign him; he said he never cost £30M but it will rise to that if Jordan reaches the potential expected of him.
But that was common knowledge when we signed him; same applies to Keane and also Lookman... we never paid £11M for him but it will reach that if he reaches certain stages in his career with Everton.
47 Posted 06/07/2018 at 17:25:14
He will either mature and become the player he can be or he will become another statistic like Jeffers, Barkley and Rodwell.
If he wants to stay and fight for his place I will be delighted but as others have said it seems his agent has already encouraged Leipzig to make the move.
48 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:15:47
The point was we tried negotiating last season and it didnt work. So we have done what Leipzig did. Lets just hope Leipzig do what we didnt and walk away.
49 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:19:15
On another note, I'm starting to get extremely nervous regarding our lack of transfer activity — even to the point that this coming season could end in disaster.
50 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:25:33
51 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:40:44
Is troubling most Premier League teams this coming season the summit of our ambitions?
52 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:51:23
53 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:58:06
This season, he will have more maturity and more composure. He will improve his consistency levels on what he has shown the Everton fans so far.
In some respects, we should be thankful for Leipzig giving him that invaluable experience. Maybe we should be more disappointed if they didn't make an offer and want to sign him! But sorry, he is going nowhere.
Lookman is at the bottom of his upward trajectory and I am really looking forward to watching him play for us again. If I see his name on the team sheet, I will be more excited about any forthcoming game.
If I think about players who could make a difference against the top six sides, Ademola is one of ours I think has the mentality and talent to do it.
Tell Leipzig that SuperKev could do a job for them, and the fee would fit nicely into their pecuniary fantasies.
54 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:00:21
Are ours good enough? Well five of them won the World Cup, the best one didn't go and another was a year too old. Why not give it a go?
55 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:07:51
56 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:27:30
It is not an indictment of those players. It is an indictment of using this as a yard stick by which to measure how good (or not) a given bunch of players are.
57 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:31:49
58 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:52:47
Oh yeah, and fuck off with that bid, you cheeky fuckers.
59 Posted 06/07/2018 at 20:18:45
60 Posted 07/07/2018 at 01:25:52
61 Posted 08/07/2018 at 09:29:46
62 Posted 08/07/2018 at 11:04:20
To my mind, we have to develop the youngsters whilst getting the spine of the team right. Pickford is clearly the best we could wish for in goal so we need a big dominating ball-attacking centre-back, a ball-winning centre-mid who can hopefully play a bit too, and a striker. Play the youngsters around that spine and they might develop into top-class players.
I think this could be the season that Dominic Calvert-Lewin blossoms. He has all the basics for me – apart from scoring when he should – but this is (as I have said many times) just what Sharp was like until Gray arrived and taught him the art of a centre-forward. Put the right team in place around him, get Ferguson working on him every day in training and I think he could be a terrific player.
I wonder if Callum Connolly could come through as a defensive midfielder? He played very well there last season on loan. Joe Williams is a possibility and Kieran Dowell must be given his chance in pre-season.
I'd love to see Antonee Robinson given a go at left-back – rather than splash a load of money on a Scottish player who has never played at this level – and use the cash for that Dave Watson style centre-back who would galvanise the rest of the defence.
Oh – and Seamus for skipper, please.
63 Posted 08/07/2018 at 11:23:42
Potential means nothing until it's turned into consistency; stringing together 10 games at a high level so he cannot be left out of the Everton first team should be his first target.
It's different playing in the Bundesliga than it is in the Premier League, so hopefully Lookman is hungry and wanting to show the new management team how much he has to offer Everton. Let's not forget, it wasn't only fat Sam who left him out.
He will receive credit and all that comes with it when he produces in an Everton shirt for me. This should be a great time for him at Everton but first he has to put in the performances as this is surely is his time.
As for the bid, it's nice others are interested in the talent we have but the door must remain firmly shut.
64 Posted 08/07/2018 at 12:45:00
So the real question is, why would he want to stay with us, especially after what seems like a happy spell at Leipzig?
Looks to me that this summer, either he'll be persuaded he's got a future here, or he'll be another wage off the books. As ever, my view is if they don't want to be here, let them go at a reasonable price.
65 Posted 08/07/2018 at 14:16:43
66 Posted 08/07/2018 at 14:41:56
Why slag off a club looking for a bargain, or trying to take advantage of a player who may just have liked his time in Germany? Everton have been doing this for as long as we can remember – right?
Current flavour of the month, Pickford, will be ripped to pieces as soon as he says he wants to win things, play at the highest level, etc etc – just wait and see.
Is Tierney worth £25 million? Well probably, but he's not worth a starting wage of £75 grand a week – which I'm told is the stumbling block.
67 Posted 09/07/2018 at 13:32:24
As for Robinson and Connolly etc, until you try them, how will they learn and show if they have what it takes?
68 Posted 09/07/2018 at 13:45:27
If that's true, then are Lookman and his agent going to go all Billy Big Bollocks and demand that he's given first team opportunities at Everton if he stays? I mean, all due respect to those above who seem to have seen Lookman playing like a modern Stanley Matthews, but all I've seen with my eyes is a kid with potential who loses the ball a lot. In fact, I wouldn't mind him being loaned out again, this time to a PL side, to get a bit more experience. Silva will make his own mind up - will he be dictated to by a squadie who was sent out on loan?
I dunno. I'd love him to stay just to see if he can actually make the step up, but if he really wants to go then let him go. £20m. Doubt if Leipzig will pay that though, so they can fuck off.
69 Posted 10/07/2018 at 13:36:21
Red Bull are cheeky bastards. Crewe Alexander were a nursery club, not Everton. We buy and pay these players to use them. Just do it!
70 Posted 10/07/2018 at 14:34:21
You are right: it is difficult to buy a team... but it is even more difficult to build a team of inexperienced youngsters whose confidence may be crushed by monumental thrashings.
Man City and Chelsea have proved you have to buy success with Leicester being the only exception in over 25 years of the Premier League — and they didn't do it with youngsters or players they developed..
Generally speaking, we should only bring one or two youngsters into an experienced side IMO.
It is a chasm between U23 and the Premier League and would take exceptional youngsters to make the jump.
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