Ademola Lookman’s fringe status at Everton could see the forward return to Germany again with RB Leipzig, per reports in Calciomercato.
The Bundesliga side brought Lookman to the Red Bull Arena for the second half of last season as he struggled to break into Sam Allardyce’s Everton line-up.
Even now under the management of Marco Silva the forward, who can play as a winger on either side or centrally as a striker, has found it hard to forge a consistent role for himself in the Toffees’ starting XI.
In truth, the only role he has found himself to be consistently deployed in under the Portuguese manager is as a substitute, resulting in just 82 minutes of league action for the Goodison Park side across four outings.
The Wandsworth-born winger who assisted Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener against Crystal Palace is now being linked with a return to Germany, with RB Leipzig seemingly monitoring his situation ahead of the January window.
It is currently unclear, however, if the move would be another loan or a permanent arrangement for the 21-year-old valued by Transfermarkt at £18million.
After Lookman joined the Bundesliga side for the second half of the 2017/18 season, he featured in 11 games and scored five goals to help Leipzig qualify for the Europa League.
They attempted to turn the loan deal into a permanent move in the summer, but Everton rejected their advances.
Regardless, RB Leipzig’s director of football Paul Mitchell still thinks of the forward as a “Red Bull guy”.
Speaking to The Sun, Mitchell said: “It’s clear how much affection we have for Ademola and I think from the way he performed here, the environment we created for him and the platform we gave him, he also enjoyed his time here.
“We know him and we will always keep a very close eye on his development because we see him as a Red Bull guy from his time here.”
Everton must once again look to tap into this connection Lookman has built with the set-up in Leipzig, as it is not worth the Toffees’ time keeping the youngster around simply as a substitute or bit-part player.
If the German club are willing to take him on loan again, it would provide vital game time for someone who clearly still needs to develop if he is to progress either at the Merseyside club or elsewhere. It would be better to know what the 21-year-old has to offer with him playing regularly than simply what he can do on the training pitch.
Should RB Leipzig only be open to buying Lookman, there will always be an abundance of clubs looking to bring talent in during the January window on loan to salvage their seasons.