Next up in our player by player review of the past Everton season, in which each individual will be recapped and rated is: Ademola Lookman
The 2018-2019 season for Ademola Lookman didn’t go anything like many hoped, planned or thought — perhaps including Lookman himself. After a loan spell at RB Leipzig, Lookman returned to Everton looking to make a permanent move away, but the club felt he could be a key piece in their squad moving forward, so they refused to sell him. Many thought that meant a breakout season for the young English winger who has impressed in short spells for Everton since joining in 2017 and in his short stay at RB Leipzig. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
The winger started off the season trying to earn back the trust and respect of new manager Marco Silva. After the first four matches of the season, Lookman made his first appearance as a substitute against Huddersfield in a 1-1 draw. He would be used consistently as a substitute in PL play until December, when he started against Newcastle. He started a few matches after that, but, ultimately, did not impress the manager and was reserved to a substitute’s role the rest of the season.
Lookman managed just 1 goal and 2 assists in 24 appearances in all competitions and, in the end didn’t provide the spark expected after his loan spell. He was disappointing at times and never really took charge of a very open winger role for much of the season. Time will tell, but even Lookman himself would say he wanted more out of this past season.
The biggest surprise with Lookman’s stats was his lack of contribution offensively. For someone who seems so creative on the field, he only had 7 total shots and only 3 on target over the course of the season along with only 10 key passes. This was certainly his downfall as the season progressed.
As mentioned above, Lookman was primarily used as a substitute winger throughout the season. He appeared in a total of 21 Premier League matches, starting in three of them in the middle of the season, but never really got over the hump to become a consistent part of the starting eleven. Often, Silva would bring him on to provide a creative spark to the team, which was something the Toffees lacked in the final third to begin the season. In the end, though, he didn’t impress and it cost him his role, becoming a seldom-used sub toward the end of the Premier League year.
The future is blurry for the 21-year-old winger. Because he hasn’t really made an impact in the first team, there are many questions to be raised about him. Will he get another chance at the club? Does he fit into Marco Silva’s plans moving forward? Has he already played his last game with the club?
All these questions will likely be answered within the coming weeks and months, but with links with a move away from Goodison already circling, it is not unlikely that we see the winger elsewhere next season.