Date: 1st November 2019 at 8:30am
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Ademola Lookman joined RB Leipzig on a six-year deal in July but has struggled for form and playing time under Julian Nagelsmann. The 22-year-old impressed while on loan at Leipzig in 2017/18, scoring and creating nine goals in 11 appearances, but he’s yet to get off the mark since becoming a permanent player.

Lookman has made four appearances in all competitions this season and doesn’t have a goal or assist to his name. He’s spent the majority of the campaign as an unused substitute and finds himself behind Marcel Sabitzer (nine appearances, two goals, three assists), Timo Werner (nine appearances, six goals) and Yussuf Poulsen (seven appearances, one goal, two assists) in the pecking order.

Lookman had to make do with sporadic cameo appearances before, but he’s started two of Leipzig’s last three games and hasn’t exactly seized his opportunity to impress. As per WhoScored, the England u21 international played 69 minutes in Leipzig’s 2-1 win over Zenit Saint-Petersburg (October 23) in the Champions League, making 32 touches and completing 77.3% of his 22 passes.

He failed to create a chance, make a dribble, register a shot, make an interception, whip in a cross or make a tackle. Lookman lost the ball every three minutes on average. Things didn’t get a lot better in their 2-1 win over SC Freiburg (October 26) either. Lookman played for 90 minutes, made 51 touches, created one chance, had one shot (off-target), whipped in five crosses (all off-target),  had one dribble and drew two fouls.

He’s in a more positive situation than a month ago, but Lookman still has a lot of work do to in Germany.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article