Lookman should push for RB Leipzig return for his own good

According to Kicker, RB Leipzig are interested in bringing Everton winger Ademola Lookman back to the Bundesliga.

What’s the story?

Lookman spent the second half of last season on loan in Germany with Leipzig, where he was handed the kind of game time he’d likely have missed out on by staying at Goodison Park. 

The 20-year-old impressed in the Bundesliga, capitalising upon his first team opportunities to the tune of five goals and four assists in only 11 appearances. He only managed seven Premier League appearances last season prior to his January switch, and could produce no positive end product in the English top flight.

The winger is undoubtedly a bright talent, and likely a future England international, having already been capped seven times at under-21 level for the Three Lions.

He needs regular football to develop though, and he is unlikely to get that with the Toffees. Especially with the likes of Theo Walcott, Richarlison and Bernard having come in to bolster the wide options at the club in recent transfer windows.

The best thing that Everton boss Marco Silva can do for Lookman now is let him go on another temporary deal.

Picking up where he left off

Silva should encourage a return to Leipzig for Lookman, rather than sending him off to pastures wholly new.

The youngster will be guaranteed game time with the Bundesliga outfit and will feel comfortable and confident in his surroundings there. It is vital that Lookman is allowed to grow as a player in a suitable environment, and Leipzig have already proven themselves to be just that.

There will be a temptation for Everton to keep the pacy attacker at the club to provide extra squad depth and cover, but by letting Lookman go on loan now he could well return as a first-team starter next season.