Ademola Lookman scored his first Premier League on his Everton debut in a 4-0 rout of Manchester Metropolis in 2017. The second was a very long time coming.
However three years, 37 Premier League appearances and two golf equipment for the reason that first, the 22-year-old was heading in the right direction once more on Sunday.
Lookman skipped past two challenges on the sting of the penalty space earlier than firing previous Aaron Ramsdale as Fulham drew 1-1 with Sheffield United.
It rounded off a superb efficiency and supplied a glimpse of the expertise RB Leipzig had been keen to pay £22.5m for final yr.
So can the winger ship on his potential at Craven Cottage after becoming a member of Scott Parker’s facet on mortgage this season?
The Fulham boss definitely thinks so, describing Lookman as a “high expertise” after netting on his first begin for the membership.
Lookman’s journey to Craven Cottage
Lookman burst by way of at Charlton Athletic as an 18-year-old however, regardless of scoring 5 objectives in 24 video games, was unable to assist them keep away from relegation to League One.
He netted 4 occasions the next season earlier than securing a transfer to Everton in January 2017, and scored on his debut after approaching as a late substitute in a 4-0 win over Manchester Metropolis.
However he didn’t nail down a daily beginning place because the Toffees went by way of three managers over the next 12 months – Ronald Koeman, caretaker David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce – opting to affix RB Leipzig on mortgage in January 2018.
The teenager instantly impressed, scoring a debut winner in opposition to Borussia Monchengladbach and including one other 4 objectives earlier than the tip of the season.
Again at Everton the next season, this time underneath boss Marco Silva, the winger made 24 appearances in all competitions however was offered to Leipzig in the summertime of 2019.
His second spell within the Bundesliga proved much less fruitful. He joined Fulham on mortgage final month, and impressed Parker on his debut after coming off the bench in a 1-0 defeat by Wolves.
“He regarded one other stage,” stated Parker. “You possibly can see the standard the boy’s bought. We knew that initially of the window, when he was the primary one I wished.
“You possibly can see in a brief area of time, the boy’s bought unbelievable high quality. He is an enormous plus for us this yr and he will be an enormous assist for us.”
Lookman once more confirmed why he was Parker’s predominant goal as he scored at Bramall Lane.
“All of us consider we are able to do nice issues this season,” Lookman informed Match of the Day afterwards. “We anticipate good issues to return within the close to future.”
An England Beneath-20 World Cup winner
Lookman was additionally a key a part of an England Beneath-20 crew who received the World Cup in 2017, and quite a lot of his team-mates have gone on to be established first-team gamers.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Venezuela within the last – and the Everton ahead made his senior England debut earlier this month, together with Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whereas Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori and Bournemouth duo Lewis Cook dinner and Dominic Solanke have additionally obtained senior call-ups.
Will Lookman be the following to catch Gareth Southgate’s eye?
|GK: Freddie Woodman||On mortgage from Newcastle within the Championship with Swansea|
|RB: Jonjoe Kenny||Everton’s second-choice proper again after a spell on mortgage with Schalke final season|
|CB: Fikayo Tomori||Common for Chelsea and has one England senior cap|
|CB: Jake Clarke-Salter||On mortgage at Birmingham from Chelsea|
|LB: Kyle Walker-Peters||Joined Southampton from Tottenham this summer time|
|CM: Lewis Cook dinner||Common for Bournemouth, has one England cap|
|CM: Josh Onomah||Helped Fulham win promotion from the Championship final season|
|AM: Dominic Solanke||Joined Bournemouth from Liverpool for £19m in 2019, received one England cap in 2017|
|LM: Ademola Lookman||Scored on his first Fulham begin after becoming a member of on mortgage from RB Leipzig|
|RM: Kieran Dowell||Joined Norwich this season from Everton|
|CF: Dominic Calvert-Lewin||High scorer within the Premier League with seven objectives for Everton, made his senior debut earlier this month|
|Sub: Ainsley Maitland-Niles||Common for Arsenal and earned his first England call-up earlier this month|
|Sub: Sheyi Ojo||Loaned out by Liverpool for the sixth time, this time to Cardiff Metropolis – scoring the winner at Preston on Sunday|