Everton manager Marco Silva confirmed in his Watford pre-match press conference, according to quotes via The Liverpool Echo, that Ademola Lookman was left out of the 18-man squad against Manchester City on Wednesday night because of a technical decision.
Well, when the Portuguese manager was questioned about the 21-year-old’s absence against the champions he responded, via The Liverpool Echo saying: “He was fit. It was a technical decision.”
The Merseyside outfit went on to lose 2-0 although it was a marked improvement on the 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park previously, as Silva decided to drop Lookman from the squad altogether and leave the likes of Seamus Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison on the substitutes’ bench.
The 41-year-old former Hornets boss did add that he was available again for the trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see whether he makes the cut.
The decision is hardly a glowing reference about how Silva feels about the England U21 international.
Even though Richarlison and Sigurdsson came out of the XI, the fact that not only did he not start but was not included in the matchday squad will be a huge blow to him.
Of course, Silva also chose the criminally out of form Theo Walcott ahead of him on the flanks, which probably says all you need to know about the lack of trust he sometimes has in Lookman, even if he had started two of the Merseyside club’s previous four Premier League fixtures.
RB Leipzig saw a £22m bid for his services rejected in the summer following a loan spell and then with Southampton, as per Goal, during the January transfer window, and the latest decision by his manager may have indicated that the youngster has no Everton future.
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