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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1 Posted 17/05/2019 at 14:39:12
2 Posted 17/05/2019 at 14:58:42
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?
3 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:15:00
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.
4 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:20:41
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.
5 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:26:07
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.
6 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:36:45
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 ?
7 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:37:37
8 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:56:26
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.
9 Posted 17/05/2019 at 15:56:52
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.
10 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:07:41
I'll be sad to see him go.
11 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:19:53
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.
12 Posted 17/05/2019 at 16:52:00
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.
13 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:13:33
Hes loads of ability but his descision making and involvement does make me think if hes lost his self belief and confidence.
A tough call, but my gut instinct says, hell go, this time around.
14 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:21:01
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.
15 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:26:17
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.
16 Posted 17/05/2019 at 17:52:55
17 Posted 17/05/2019 at 18:01:25
No doubt he will become a good player when a team gives him 30 starts a season but Im not sure that will happen at Everton.
I hope we keep him and give him more chances though because hes exciting at times.
18 Posted 17/05/2019 at 18:19:20
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.
19 Posted 18/05/2019 at 00:07:18
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.
20 Posted 18/05/2019 at 07:00:28
21 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:44:32
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.
22 Posted 18/05/2019 at 09:58:12
Height or bulk is of no concern to these two, hence why we wont 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 wed all love to keep (Gana and Gomes?) but I trust (I think) these two to find more than suitable replacements.
P.S. I dont want us to lose Lookman. Hes just the type of player who will fit seamlessly into their system.
23 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:01:58
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.
24 Posted 18/05/2019 at 10:06:36
25 Posted 18/05/2019 at 11:08:53
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.
26 Posted 18/05/2019 at 12:02:27
27 Posted 18/05/2019 at 14:10:13
28 Posted 18/05/2019 at 15:38:35
Looked promising in spells but if he can't take Walcott's place then how good can he really be?
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