Lookman told to knuckle down

Everton boss Marco Silva has told want-away teenager Ademola Lookman he has to fight for his dreams at Goodison Park.

The England Under-21 star was left out of the Blues squad completely for Everton's first game of the season and was an unused substitute on Saturday against Southampton, with the manager admitting he isn’t happy at the club amid suggestions he is trying to force a move to Leipzig, where he enjoyed a loan spell last season.

There were even wild claims the 20-year-old had refused to travel to Wolves last week and would miss training, but Silva dismissed both of those rumours.

The new Goodison boss though, hinted the player’s attitude wasn’t right when he fired a warning shot at Lookman, saying he had to fight for what he wants with the club who pays his wages.

“Lookman knows very well why he wasn’t in the squad last week. It was a technical decision and he knows very well why. But I can tell you he has trained very well this week and responded how I wanted him to,” Silva said.

“Even if he’s not really happy he has to be in the future and it is a matter of him fighting for what he wants in his career.

“In this moment he is our player, I am happy to keep him as our player, and now it is up to him to fight for his position, for a place in the starting XI and in our squad list as well.”

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