Brands and Silva’s big mistake: What’s gone wrong for Ademola Lookman?

Signed for £11m from Charlton back in 2017, Ademola Lookman appeared to be a player of real promise and one that would go on to do great things at Goodison Park.

He had hit 12 goals for the Addicks in 49 appearances after coming through their academy, where Lookman seemed set to follow in the footsteps of a number of great south London talents such as Joe Gomez and Wilfried Zaha.

However, Everton simply haven’t nurtured his talents.

In 48 appearances for the Toffees, most of which have come in the cup competitions and from the bench, Lookman has registered just four goals and two assists.

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Those number simply aren’t an accurate representation of his vast array of skills.

The England Under-21 international is a diminutive figure who excels with the ball at his feet, where his directness and dribbling ability are the two main features of his game.

We saw just what Lookman was capable of during a loan to RB Leipzig in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, where he starred under the current Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The youngster hit five goals and four assists in just 11 games for the Bundesliga side – finding the back of the net more times than he has throughout his entire Everton career – before arriving back on Merseyside in the summer.

Unsurprisingly, the German side wanted to keep the attacker and made a number of bids for his signature, all of which were rebuffed by Everton; the highest offer was £25m, and it was rejected after the Toffees said they wanted £28m.

Marco Silva was determined to keep him, revealing that he felt the south Londoner was the ‘present and the future of the club’.

If that was the case, why did the former Hull boss give Lookman just three Premier League starts in the season just gone?

To make matters even more baffling, the Charlton academy graduate now finds himself up for sale and Southampton are one of the clubs eyeing a £20m deal, cheaper than he would’ve cost last summer due to the fact he has just two years remaining on his contract.

Lookman has impressed on the rare occasions that he has made it out onto the pitch in an Everton shirt, so the reasons behind his exclusion from the side are a mystery.

If Silva and Marcel Brands previously held a clear vision on the 21-year-old’s status in the squad and what they wanted to do with him, they could’ve shipped him off to Germany for a tidy £14m profit.

Instead of doing that, they have left an apparently miserable prospect sat on the sidelines all season, and will now be looking to sell him on for cheaper than what they were offered last summer.

In a time period where Brands has worked wonders on Merseyside when bringing in the likes of Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma, this is a rare blunder from the Toffees’ Director of Football and one that looks set to cost the club a few million pounds.