Ademola Lookman

Lookman: My debut goal still gives me goosebumps!

Ademola Lookman EvertonEverton striker Ademola Lookman says that his debut goal against Manchester City in his four-minute cameo at Goodison Park still gives him goosebumps when he watches it back.

The former Charlton man became one of the ten quickest Premier League goalscorers of all time last weekend, and says that he enjoyed the whole experience of being involved in a matchday squad with the Blues.

Commenting on the atmosphere, he said that when Everton scored their third against City, the roar actually hurt his ears!

He said, “Just watching the goal back now gives me goosebumps. Even just listening to the commentary, hearing my name – it’s surreal.

“Seeing the fans, seeing how much passion they have, it’s incredible.

“It has sunk in but some times when I’m at home sitting on my bed I just go into a daze and just think about it again and again, and the goosebumps come back.

“Just the sounds in the stadium and just how loud it was. Even when I was warming up, I was just thinking, ‘Wow, this is like a fortress’. And when we scored our third goal, when Tom scored, the fans went crazy. That roar actually hurt my ear – that’s how loud it was. For my goal, I saw the net ripple and just ran off to celebrate but, after that, it’s all a blur.

“I remember walking down into the dressing room after and all the lads gathering round. There was a big round of applause for me and Tom and everyone just congratulated me. To come on for your debut and then score is a big achievement and that’s what makes it so hard to put into words, even now. I was amazed, over the moon, delighted – all of those emotions.”

Lookman says he got special encouragement from strike-partner Romelu Lukaku, who had some very good advice for the youngster after his debut.

“He was saying, ‘This is just the beginning for you, you’re just getting started, enjoy the moment but look forward to the next moment and make sure there’s more of them’. Rom has been great with me since I arrived at the Club and that’s something like someone who’s a big brother would say to you really.

“Before I even came on he told me that if I got a chance, I should take a shot on goal, wherever I was on the pitch. To get that from him was a bit of encouragement.

“I spend a lot of time with Rom day to day and during training. We talk a lot and we’re just getting to know each other really. It’s the same with Yannick [Bolasie]. Obviously he’s injured at the moment but we’re from near each other in London and know some of each other’s people. Players who I’ve played with at Charlton, like Regan Charles-Cook and some of the players in the youth team at Crystal Palace who I’ve played against, he knows. Because of that, we’ve already got that understanding.

“All the players have been sweet with me, they’ve been cool. But to gain that connection with Romelu and Yannick, that’s something that I didn’t think would happen when I first started thinking about coming to Everton. It’s surprised me really, but it’s a good surprise.

“I’m not as physical at Yannick because Yannick is big, he’s strong and he’s quick. I’m not big and I’m not strong but I can use my body to my advantage and I am quick. I’ve got quick feet, too.

“Rom was young when he made his debut in Belgium, 16. He sees I’m young and I think he sees something in me. He’s always driving me on, always telling me to strive for the best – it’s that sort of relationship.

“He’s someone who loves football, 24/7, just drilled into football. He’s a fanatic. He’s always giving me examples of things that have happened to him and he’s always trying to improve.

“But I don’t see myself as a number 9 or a striker, either, I see myself as a creative player who hopefully knows how to score goals as well.”

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