A piece of news emerging from Germany this afternoon has seemingly shed some light on the surprise transfer of Ademola Lookman from Everton to RB Leipzig.
Lookman, a gifted English U21 international, made the move to Goodison Park in January of last year for a fee that could eventually rise to £11 million.
However, following a difficult spell with the Toffees during which he managed just 4 Premier League starts over the space of 12 months, the pacy attacker was informed that he would be allowed to depart the club on loan last month.
In the end, against the wishes of Everton boss Sam Allardyce, Lookman forced through a move to Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, with the English tactician having revealed:
‘It is one of the most unusual situations I’ve been in.’
‘We got some deals for him but he was adamant he chose Germany.’
As per the BBC, Allardyce says Everton tried to ‘persuade’ Lookman not to make a move that he thinks is a ‘big challenge’ for the player’s development.
‘His stubbornness meant he got his own way. I hope he proves us all wrong.’
The 20-year-old could not have made a much better start for his new side, having coming off the bench for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men to net a late winner away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday evening.
Despite his stellar start to life with Leipzig, though, questions have nevertheless remained prevalent regarding Lookman’s move to the Red Bull Arena, with links between the parties having seemingly emerged out of the blue before the transfer was completed in a flash.
The other clubs linked with moves for the Charlton youth product were primarily English, though a possible explanation for Leipzig’s sudden interest in Lookman’s services has emerged this afternoon:
— Red Bull Hub (@RedBullHub) February 5, 2018