Everton fell to defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the weekend, with a 3-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium extending the Toffees’ winless streak to four matches.
While Marco Silva’s side were never expected to get anything away from home against the favourites for the Premier League title, the manner of the defeat left many fans unhappy and considerable improvements are required.
Progress has been made under the guidance of Silva, who has seen summer signings like Richarlison and Andre Gomes quickly become crucial assets, but a debate continues to circle around who should be playing in the wide areas.
Theo Walcott has been a mainstay this season but has regular attracted criticism from fans on social media, many of whom have regularly called for Ademola Lookman to be given his chance from the start – having only been named in the starting XI once this season.
After coming off the bench against the Citizens, fans discussed his role in the side once again and we have gathered some of their comments below.
Lookman again came on and looked threatening. But needs to show this for 90 mins if he is to win a starting place. Seems more suited to making an impact from the bench at the moment #EFC
— C (@chughs67) December 15, 2018
My thoughts from today. 1 Lookman needs to start. 2. We need a top quality striker. 3. We need to be ruthless because we had 3 very easy chances to score. 4. We need time. I can see us being a top team. #Everton #Lookman #efc #nsno
— Muj (@mujrasul) December 15, 2018
Lookman and mina stood out for me both for very different reasons
— Matty82EFC (@Matty82Efc) December 15, 2018
Hope that shuts up everyone critisising lookman – changed the game when he came on
— Derek Mackey (@derekEFC) December 15, 2018
Lookman looks great when he comes on, but does nothing when he starts. You have to give him the same freedoms as sub when starting, or I don't think we will see the best of him #EFC
— Marco Silva XI (@BlueDanEFC) December 15, 2018
DCL and Lookman have been faultless today
— w (@EFCWill) December 15, 2018
Ademola Lookman has been absolutely class since coming on why can’t he do it when he starts a game?
— Simon J Villiers (@sjv_simon) December 15, 2018
Lookman always looks unreal when coming off the bench and the game is stretched. He needs to learn how to put a full 90 minutes together and he’ll be a top player.
— Sean Lawrence (@SL1878) December 15, 2018
Lookman was tasty when he came on
Why not try Walcott through the middle with richarlison and lookman on the wings
Pure pace and movement you'd hope
— Markthablue38 (@markthablue38) December 15, 2018
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