Transfer Focus: Palace move can help Lookman find his best form again

Crystal Palace are one of the teams interested in signing Ademola Lookman this summer, according to The Daily Mail.

What’s the story?

The paper reckon Everton are planning a transfer window clear-out at Goodison Park, with as many as 15 players on the chopping block as Marco Silva looks to rebuild his squad.

One of the players apparently surplus to requirements, albeit at a cost, is Lookman.

The Mail say he could be available for around £20m this summer, alerting clubs like Palace, Southampton and RB Leipzig to his availability.

Why are Everton getting rid?

Silva has much preferred to utilise the experience and quality of Theo Walcott on the right wing this season rather than invest time into developing the talents of Lookman.

With Richarlison also available to play wide, the Toffees boss has excellent options already on Merseyside and there’s little space for a player who doesn’t have many professional appearances to his name.

But by persisting with Walcott, the Englishman’s potential is being wasted. The 21-year-old has started just three Premier League matches this season, so clearly the manager doesn’t fancy relying on him.

Why should Palace be interested?

Although Roy Hodgson can already call upon exciting talents like Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, Lookman is certainly the kind of player that would fit well in their counter-attacking system.

He automatically adds serious depth to their squad and protects them against any massive clubs coming in for Zaha.

Lookman’s short spell in the Bundesliga in 2017/18 was glimpse into the kind of contribution he can make if given the chance, scoring five goals and assisting four times in 11 appearances for Leipzig.

Put simply, Palace are in a position to give that kind of opportunity to Lookman and they won’t squander his potential in the manner Everton currently are.

That could prove massive for the player and in turn the Premier League outfit could have a special talent on their hands.