Everton captain Phil Jagielka says that young forward Ademola Lookman showed a good attitude in his performance against Gor Mahia at Goodison Park last night.
The 21 year old bagged Everton’s first goal of the evening in a 4-0 win to clinch the SportPesa Trophy and put in a solid shift for the whole of his game.
Playing just shy of the full 90 minutes, Lookman was full of running and was always willing to press high up the pitch to regain possession and start a new attack, which pleased his captain.
The former Charlton man has struggled to establish himself in the first team at Everton and spent the second part of last season out on loan at RB Leipzig in Germany. His attitude was questioned on his return to Goodison this summer, but Jagielka says that wasn’t a concern yesterday.
Jagielka told the official site, “Ademola has been on fire since he came back for pre-season and is trying to get himself some game time – and he did himself no harm with his performance tonight.
“And his attitude was fantastic, spot on – he played 85 minutes so it was nearly a full game for him and it is nice to see him out there enjoying his football.
“It was nice for the young lads to come on, too, and for Nathan to get a goal and assist in the few minutes he was on.
“There are a few smiles in the changing room and it was nice for them to have that experience. They have played their parts in the Under-23s but to play with the lads they were alongside tonight would have been special for them and something they can hopefully look forward to doing in the rest of their careers.”
Lookman will be hoping to gain a spot in the starting eleven for the trip to Chelsea this weekend after a dip in form of Theo Walcott has left fans questioning why Lookman isn’t given a chance.