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Silva sees golden future for kid Ade


Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman

Everton boss Marco Silva admits he had a challenge convincing Ademola Lookman about his Goodison future but is convinced the youngster has the talent to succeed on Merseyside.

A year ago Lookman, 21, forced a January loan move to RB Leipzig despite then boss Sam Allardyce not wanting him to leave even though he had barely played him.

Lookman scored five goals in 11 appearances for Leipzig, leading to the Bundesliga club making a concerted effort to sign him permanently - with the player keen to go - only to have a £25million bid rebuffed in late August.

Winger Lookman was restricted to just seven substitute appearances in the first three months of the season but has featured in six of the nine Premier League matches since November, including back-to-back starts in the last two games.

"He is playing because he is deserving," said Silva.

"We have a good challenge with him and step-by-step we convinced him of his quality, although I don't think he has a doubt about that.

"He can help us and we can help him to achieve what he wants - to play football and enjoy football."

Lookman could make another successive start if selected for this evening's FA Cup fourth-round tie at struggling Sky Bet Championship side Millwall.