Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Farewell Ademola Lookman

As expected, Ronald Koeman has confirmed Everton's intention of signing our top scorer, 19 year old Ademola Lookman for £10m. Lookman is the latest in a long line of Charlton youth products to step up for big money. Following in the footsteps of Joe Gomez, Diego Poyet, Jonjo Shelvey, Carl Jenkinson and all those before them. Lookman's first team playing career with Charlton reminds me of Lee Bowyer. A slight lad making a big scoring impact from midfield. Interestingly, both have similar stats, Ademola 10 goals from 45 appearances whilst Bowyer hit 8 from 46.

On top of the £5m pulled in prior to the start of the season with the sale of Gudmundsson, Cousins and Pope, Duchatelet will effectively have recouped more in transfer fees in six months than he paid for the club.

Sure, he has racked up large operational losses during the last three seasons but also had the fees from Kermorgant, Stephens, Poyet and Gomez to offset those. The relegation to League One has also meant that Meire has again cut the operating cost of the club which helps reduce those ongoing losses. If only she hadn't wasted all that money on paying off 7 managers in the meantime and all those Driesen Duffers who either never made it or who we have continued to pay for despite having to ship them off to other clubs in the hope of one day recouping a fee.

All the focus now is on how much bacon the Scouser and his team have managed to bring back from their train trip to visit The President in his St. Truiden lair. This will make fascinating viewing....

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