Given all the efforts RB Leipzig put into signing Ademola Lookman from Everton, it’s not unreasonable to say they should have known what they were buying and what they’d do with the player.
Everton were repeatedly slammed in the German media for holding the transfer back, and for asking for what was deemed to be an unreasonable fee.
RB Leipzig had already had the player on loan, and were determined to get him on a permanent transfer, and in the end agreed to send €18m to Goodison Park for the 22 year old.
Despite all of that, he’s only been given 131 minutes in the Bundesliga so far this season, and a further 69 minutes in the Champions League. There hasn’t been serious injury issues, and Lookman has spent much of the season glued to the bench.
Bild have taken a look at players who aren’t being considered at their clubs this season, and Lookman is the one man named for RB Leipzig. The youngster’s problem is that he’s considered ‘defensively too weak’ to fit into Julian Nagelsmann’s system.
The German club knew Nagelsmann would be their manager for more than a month before signing Lookman from Everton, so it’s a wonder they didn’t fully check this one out.
Bild say he now has to hope for a fresh start in the second half of the season.