The Chalkboard: Marco Silva should use Ademola Lookman as a No.10 to spark Everton back into life

Marco Silva should use his precocious young talent in Ademola Lookman more incisively to spark an upturn in form for Everton, following a run of just three wins in 11 games as the pressure mounts on the former Watford boss.

Where should he play him?

It was against the Portuguese boss’ former side in the Hornets that there was a noticeable deficiency in attack. Top scorer Richarlison, who has 10 league goals to his name, was strangely deployed out on the right with Cenk Tosun up top and Gylfi Sigurdsson out on the left; both areas are positions in which the Brazilian probably would’ve played better.

However, his decision to play Tom Davies in the No.10 role behind Tosun was baffling, especially as Lookman was left watching on from the sidelines – the England Under-21 international didn’t even make it off the bench.

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The former Charlton attacker is just 5′ 7″, possessing wonderful balance thanks to his low centre of gravity. In his three Premier League starts this season, he has often been deployed out on the right flank as a replacement for Theo Walcott, where, whilst he has still starred, he is admittedly limited in terms of where he can go.

Tosun is key for this to work

Lookman is right footed, so he can only really come infield and play the ball left, or take his man on and cross it, rather than move defenders around and cause major issues with his excellent dribbling skills.

It is the aforementioned traits that the 21-year-old possesses that would make him an ideal No.10 for the Toffees behind a more physical presence in Tosun up top, as he would be able to see a lot more of the ball and go anywhere he wants, all whilst avoiding the physicality of defenders in aerial duels – Tosun would win the knock downs and take the attention away from Lookman, who would admittedly struggle in a physical battle given his height and lack of strength.

With Richarlison on the left, Lookman in the middle, and Sigurdsson on the right, the Toffees could potentially find a return to form.