Everton’s Ademola Lookman should disregard Steven Pienaar’s comments

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Firstly, no disrespect to Steven Pienaar.

The South African is an icon at Everton having spent eight years at Goodison Park across two spells, and took the time out to have his say on some topics regarding the Toffees at a club event in Kenya, where he handed out boxes of training gear with Leon Osman.

However, his words on Ademola Lookman’s situation on Merseyside seem unhelpful – in an innocent way.

Pienaar said: “I am looking forward to Lookman getting more game time and developing as a player because he is a really exciting young player.

“He is still young and raw but I can see a lot of good signs in him. His talent is there, he just needs the finishing touches and hopefully this will be his season to break through.”

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Whilst it is kind of the former Toffees winger to offer some words of advice, Lookman may feel that he has already proven what he can do and his lack of game time at the club isn’t his fault.

The England Under-21 international made just three Premier League starts last term, but did enough in his 18 appearances from the bench to impress the fans at least – they wanted him to start the Merseyside derby over Theo Walcott.

It does feel like Lookman has been hard done by at Everton. A loan spell in the second half of the 2017/18 season saw the 5 foot 9 attacker join RB Leipzig, where he absolutely shone.

The former Charlton man hit five goals and four assists in just 11 appearances, form which even prompted a big-money £25m bid from the Germans which was rejected.

Marco Silva went on to speak of his intentions to keep Lookman at the club, saying that he is the ‘present and future’ of Everton – that definitely wasn’t backed up through his use of the forward last season. Three league starts is disrespectful after snatching away a good opportunity for the player.

It’s all well and good for Pienaar to suggest what Lookman needs to do to get into Silva’s starting XI, but the unfortunate youngster could easily argue that he has already shown what he can do, and that his lack of game time is out of his hands.

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