Celtic are busy strengthening their squad ahead of the new season under new manager Neil Lennon.
It’s been a controversial week for the Hoops following a leaked transfer document.
Fans weren’t too impressed with some of the names on that list, but can expect there to be more, and different, players targeted this summer.
But who could Lennon move for?
One name that’s been mentioned among supporters is Lookman, who is just off the back of another frustrating campaign with Everton.
Here’s why Lookman to Celtic on loan makes perfect sense for all involved:
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As mentioned above, Lookman is just off the back of a disappointing season for Everton. He started just six games in total, making 18 more from the substitutes bench – and that surely isn’t enough at his age? Manager Marco Silva has preferred others over Lookman and his chances will only diminish further with more players expected to arrive at Goodison Park this summer.
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Left wing was a real weak spot for Celtic last summer, with Scott Sinclair, Jonny Hayes and Mikey Johnston used there at different times. None of those options nailed the position down as their own and we’d be surprised if Lennon wasn’t fully aware of that. Therefore, a left winger like Lookman would really improve Celtic in a problem position.
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Lookman hasn’t played over 30 games in a season in his career so far and hasn’t managed more than 25 in a campaign since signing for Everton. He got close last term, but he won’t be content as a regular substitute – particularly at the age of 21.
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And a significant thing about signing for Celtic is the lure of Champions League football. Sure, the Hoops need to get through four stages of qualifying to reach the group stages, but only two of those are a real challenge. They’ve made the group stages two of the last three seasons, missing out last year after a third round loss to AEK Athens. Celtic should definitely be in the groups or close, falling into the Europa League as a result, and that must appeal to someone like Lookman at this stage of his career.
He’s a Quality Player
At 21, Lookman is still one of England’s best young players with four years of first team experience after breaking through at Charlton as a 17-year-old striker. Everton signed him in a £7.5million deal in 2017 and has made 48 Premier League appearances since. He also had a brief successful spell out on loan with RB Leipzig in the 2017/18 campaign. On top of all that, Lookman is an England Under 21 international and regular football at a high level would see him compete for an England national team spot.
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Silva has to allow Lookman to leave to progress. His 18 substitute appearances from 24 in total last term suggest he’s not a first team player at Everton and that doesn’t seem likely to change with the Toffees set to do business this summer to transform their squad from an eighth-place side to a top six team.
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Patrick Roberts, Oliver Burke, Filip Benkovic, Odsonne Edouard, Timothy Weah and Daniel Arzani are just some recent examples of top young talents moving to Celtic in search of first team football. With Lookman, he’s probably more experienced than pretty much all the names above, but that should only help making Celtic a resounding success.