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Southampton want Lookman

| Friday, 17 May 2019 28comments  |  Jump to last
Ademola Lookman has emerged as a summer target of Southampton according to a report.

The young winger, who spent part of last season on loan at RB Leipzig working with current Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and apparently wanted to turn that move permanent a year ago, didn't have the impact he would have liked during Marco Silva's first season in charge and made just a handful of starts.

The Independent claim that Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is eyeing Lookman in a £20m deal while Leipzig and Bournemouth are also interested.



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Si Pulford
1 Posted 17/05/2019 at 14:39:12
I like him but Silva has almost come out and side ‘he doesn’t put a shift in on the training pitch.’ So I’m conflicted. On one hand he’d got loads of potential-on t r other we can’t have players that don’t put a shift in during the three hours a day they actually go to work.
Brian Williams
2 Posted 17/05/2019 at 14:58:42
Bit of a mystery with 'Mola isn't it?
He looks amazing on the ball at times and has the ability to go past players and also to fashion a shot at goal from difficult situations.
I'm at a loss to understand, completely, why he hasn't been given more of a chance this season but can only "guess" it's down to attitude or work ethic, or both. It's certainly nothing to do with a lack of ability.
I wonder if we'll ever know?
Andrew Clare
3 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:15:00
In the modern game top players have the complete ‘package’, skill, tenacity, vision coupled with persistent chasing and harrying of the opposition. If any one of these attributes is missing they will not play at the very top.
This is probably why Lookman may be sold on.
Look at Vidal of Barcelona, he has the lot and that is why he is where he is.
These players produce all of these things in every game.
Andrew Yates
4 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:20:41
I would suggest if we are to fully trust Silva after this season that we cut our losses and let him go (with a decent sell on clause).

If he's not willing to put in a shift in training then he's not for me regardless of talent, our success should be built on teamwork, effort and talent, personally I get the feeling this lad thinks he's already better than he is, see it in all walks of life and ultimately he'll either succeed with a change in mindset or fail because he's to arrogant to try to change.

Why do most players peak at 27, 28 years of age, because they've matured and can accept criticism, the youngsters brought through at most levels now are told they are already superstars without having had to clean their own boots let alone anyone else's.

Derek Knox
5 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:26:07
Si & Brian, I think nearly every TW'er likes Lookman, but as Si alluded to, who knows what goes on behind the scenes, it does seem a strange one. I can fully understand him wanting to get away when Allardyce was here, there again, he's well gone.

I've taken issue many a time this season with Silva, with how he has selected and used/not used. By that, I mean like for like subs, when either the game needed change, or the game is there for the taking, and an extra attacker would make all the difference.

Maybe Mola doesn't genuinely want to be with us, doesn't like the North West, doesn't like Silva or his methods, again we don't know the full story.

I did mention on another thread (Sam's Summer Targets) that, as is looking increasingly likely Zouma has gone, never to return, Leipzig have a 6'4" Central Defender in Ibrahima Konate who is only 21, and Mola's connection with the German outfit, there could also be a swap deal involved there.

I know we need a striker, so either Augustin, or Konate, or both, could be part of a player plus cash deal? Who knows? I wish we knew, or had a Crystal ToffeeWeb Ball!
I don't mean a dance either, take your partners Doh se Doh.

Jon Withey
6 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:36:45
There's not much point having a high press if one of your wingers isn't much good at it - you just expose your full-back - which is what I've always assumed the problem with Lookman is.

He's clearly got a lot of skill though and perhaps he'd do very well in a different system - like Del boy seems to do well at Watford.

Odd that we have 3 fairly decent young attackers in Lookman, Vlasic and Onreykuru but aren't making use of them. Pick one ?

Jon Withey
7 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:37:37
As an aside, we should also charge more than £20m.
Tony Everan
8 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:56:26
The Lookman situation is a catch 22.

Lookman will struggle to break into the team again. Bernard has improved a lot in the last three months, Richarlison is a constant source of goals.

It is a nightmare having to discuss letting such a young, skillful player go, but where does he fit into the team?

His task has been made harder by Bernard's recent performances in the defensive side of his game. He has been electric in tracking back, pressing and recovering after an attack breaks down. Richie's got better at it too. For all Lookman's skill I don't think this side of the game comes up to Silva's requirements, at the moment.

At the same time with a run in the team could he become a Raheem Sterling type of player in a year or two ? As I said, it is a nightmare letting him go, could be a big mistake.

Best option could possibly be to let him have a loan deal where he gets as much game time as possible and review it next summer.

Tony Rio
9 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:56:52
Bit of an enigma for me. On the one hand, he shows some tremendous abilities at times from the bench. But, when he's been given a starting opportunity, too often he's not produced.

To be fair, if Silva gave him as many starts as Walcott, the lad may produce consistently. However, there's a suggestion he's not pulling his weight in training. If, and I mean IF because it's only conjecture, this is the case, then he needs to wake up and smell the roses as this is an absolute prerequisite for top players.

If he's not cottoned on yet then loan him out but don't sell him. For two reasons: he may come good and become the player we all hope he can be for Everton; and, as a club, we need to be strong and show that a player can't spit his dummy out, not put a shift in in order to engineer a move. We would not be setting the right example to other players and, most importantly, we wouldn't be doing him any favours in the long run.

Personally, I've seen enough signs from him to agree with Silva in that he's part of our future with the potential to be a world class player. Play hardball Everton, we've got the financial clout now to back up the principles that make us the aristocrats of the world game.

Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:07:41
I just don't want him coming back and playing against us, but it seems inevitable now. Hasenhuttl certainly wants to manage him again, and if Leipzig still want him also, it might create an auction situation that Silva/Brands couldn't resist.

I'll be sad to see him go.

Jay Harris
11 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:19:53
The problem is Lookman only has 2 years left on his contract and can any of us see him renewing that.

He does show some brilliant ability in patches but as alluded to by other posters he doesnt put enough effort into 90 minutes.

Leipzig offered 22m for him last season and are valuing Agustin ot about that so a swap deal is on the cards unless Hasselhutt breaks the bank something I cant see Southampton doing.

They already have Redmond anyway so this may just be a journo making it up because of the Hasselhutt connection.

Andrew Keatley
12 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:52:00
I don't get a sense of arrogance from Lookman - in fact I think I'd like to see more arrogance from him. He seems to be a confidence player, and I think his confidence has been knocked over the last 2 years by the managerial uncertainty at the club. He makes things happen when in possession, and possesses a genuine goal threat - much like Deulofeu - and I believe that, given licence, he can be a massive success.

Lookman seems a shy boy, who came to professional football quite late, had a meteoric rise, and has managed to achieve good academic results along the way. In some ways I think he might still be playing catch-up on some aspects of being a professional footballer, and his mentality might be one area in which he is slightly lacking. That will come. I hope we keep him and play him.

Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:13:33
I’d like him to prove himself, but it seems it’s not to be, with EFC.

He’s loads of ability but his descision making and involvement does make me think if he’s lost his self belief and confidence.

A tough call, but my gut instinct says, he’ll go, this time around.

Frank Crewe
14 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:21:01
It's just a "report". AKA a rumour. Is there anymore truth in it than any other? Who knows. By mid summer I'm sure according to "reports" half our squad will be on its way out.
Apparently Brands intends to buy young to get a big sell on price later (as if that hasn't been done before). Well we paid £11 million for Lookman so I suppose £20 million would be good business. So we'll see. Personally I don't see how a club can make any progress if they keep selling their best players as soon as they get into their prime.
Brian Harrison
15 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:26:17
I know in the little cameos he has had this season that Lookman hasnt delivered as much as I hoped he would. But I think he is a talented kid and he probably looks at Bernard starting every game and has managed just 1 league goal all season, and thinks whats the point. Yes Bernard is a nice footballer and presses the opposition high up the pitch, and tracks back to help his fullback. But if you are playing in a front 3 then 1 league goal is pathetic, I would think if Lookman had been given the same amount of starts as Bernard he would have scored more than 1 league goal.

So we have 2 of our front 3 in DCL and Bernard whose goal talley is pretty poor, no wonder its hard to break into the top 6 if 2 of your 3 front men don't score anywhere near enough goals.

Martin Berry
16 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:52:55
He is young, he is very talented, and providing he stays then we will see whether Marco has the ability to get the best out of a player that could be another Raheem Sterling.
Sam Hoare
17 Posted 17/05/2019 at 18:01:25
Lookman won’t get starting roles in Silva’s team until he is prepared to work his ass off. Trouble is I’m not sure Lookman will work his ass off until he gets a starting role! Catch 22 like Tony@8 says.

No doubt he will become a good player when a team gives him 30 starts a season but I’m not sure that will happen at Everton.

I hope we keep him and give him more chances though because he’s exciting at times.

Tony Everan
18 Posted 17/05/2019 at 18:19:20
Me too Sam,

He is 21 still and he is a player that could improve exponentially with a run in a team. He is at the perfect age to improve all aspects as a player over the next couple of years. If that happens, it worries me that we could be selling a player that Man City [or Liverpool !] will be signing from Southampton in 2-3 years time for 50m.

Simon Smith
19 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:07:18
I'd be gutted if we sold Lookman, that said hes not much use to us the way things are atm.

I agree with many on here in that if we sell him, we will see him move to a top English club within 3 years.

Tough decision.

Darren Hind
20 Posted 18/05/2019 at 07:00:28
I definitely want him to stay. He's one of the few who can get you out of your seat. . but he's no different to anyone else in this world. if he doesn't want to do what the boss asks him to do. He'll have to get a new job
Hugh Jenkins
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:44:32
Frank (13) - I agree that Brands and Silva's philosophy is to buy 'em young, but I am not sure that it is with a view to the "Money Ball" programme of then selling on at a large profit.

My understanding was that they are looking to mould a team of youngsters that can progress together into a cohesive unit that plays to a style of which they are all aware and also well versed in.

Then, once that pattern is established, to replace one or two key players each season - rather than having the wholesale and unavoidably disruptive personnel changes we have witnessed over the past few seasons.

The beginning of the effects and effectiveness of this philosophy were showing themselves in our latter day performances in the season just ended and hopefully, will be even more apparent next season.

Colin Glassar
22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:58:12
I agree with you Hugh (nice rhyme to that). The M&M policy is to form a team/squad full of young, skilful, hardworking, talented players.

Height or bulk is of no concern to these two, hence why we won’t be going for donkeys like Mitrovic. They both want intelligent, mobile, flexible players like Ajax.

We will be going for players in the Bernard mould. Players who can switch positions, see opportunities and have the vision to change games with a run or a pass.

I for one am feeling quite giddy about this summer. I know we might lose 1-2 players we’d all love to keep (Gana and Gomes?) but I trust (I think) these two to find more than suitable replacements.

P.S. I don’t want us to lose Lookman. He’s just the type of player who will fit seamlessly into their system.

Rob Dolby
23 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:01:58
I would sell about a dozen players before selling Lookman. He is in the match day squad and he is contracted for a couple more years.

It would be different if he came out in the press and said he wanted to go. In the current market 20m isn't a lot for a lad with his potential.

I am hoping that he will get game time next season as we more or less know what we get from the other midfielders. Until he has a run of a dozen games it's hard to judge.

All the stuff about workrate and bad attitude in training is all hear say and until proven otherwise should be taken with a large pinch of salt. From what I have seen he doesn't link up with Coleman as well as Richarleson but that doesn't mean he can't be an asset elsewhere in the team.

Steve Brown
24 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:06:36
Sell Walcott to Soton rather than Lookman.
Derek Knox
25 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:08:53
Hugh @20, good post mate, makes a lot of sense, but not always practicable these days, with agents advising their clients, and unfortunately, they all have them, that they could double their salaries' and play CL Foootball etc. Of course the agents are looking after their clients, and oh themselves by the way, more so.

Colin @21, love Bernard too mate, but their are two deficiencies in his game, one can be rectified fairly easily, and has been mentioned many times, his intelligent running and skills round the box do not produce any where near enough goals. The other is he is too easily muscled off the ball, not sure how he would deal with that one.

Rob @22, you are not alone in thinking that, but we REALLY don't know what happens behind the gates at Finch Farm. As we all know contracts these days are a fiasco, even if a player has a few years on his contract, it doesn't mean Jack S**t, if he wants away and has let his feelings known to the Manager, and of course his agent, you can almost bet that he will be gone soon enough.

There is little or no point keeping a player because of contractual obligations, if he isn't going to give his all, for the Club we wouldn't want that either as loyal fans. 'Loyalty' a word that can rarely if at all, be applied to players these days, only fans, as we give a lifetime of it.

Tony Everan
26 Posted 18/05/2019 at 12:02:27
Steve 23. I'll second that
Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:10:13
I've always appreciated players who have the ability and inclination to beat an opponent one on one and felt that it should be easier to put a work ethic in place rather than skill. If the Coach feels it's too difficult then what does he do for his money, just arrange a transfer?
James Stewart
28 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:38:35
Pretty bored of the whole Lookman saga now. If he wants to go I'd let him.

Looked promising in spells but if he can't take Walcott's place then how good can he really be?

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