Belfast Telegraph

Everton's youngsters should look to Ademola for inspiration - Ronald Koeman

Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Ademola Lookman's early performances provide a good example for academy players hopeful of breaking into his squad.

Lookman was playing League One football for Charlton as recently as Boxing Day but following his January move to Goodison Park the 19-year-old has settled quickly and has started the last two Premier League matches.

The youngster's Everton career got off to a perfect start when he scored against Manchester City just two minutes after coming on as a substitute for his debut and he has not looked back since.

"I'm not surprised because I am watching him in training every day," Koeman, who has taken his squad to Dubai for a training camp, told

"He now knows what intensity he is up against and the quality of the players around him.

"It's a big challenge for Ademola but he is doing well. He is the future of the club. He's a big, big talent who is working hard to improve, like everybody.

"Ademola is a good example in that if you are good enough you will play and there are others here like him who will get their chance if they keep working hard.

"It's very encouraging. The club has some good, young boys coming through and as a team that's exactly what we want."


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