Everton coach praises Nigerian-born star - FCNaija

Europa League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 08/12/2017

Everton coach Craig Shakespeare has made a bold assertion that Anglo-Nigerian youngster, Ademola Lookman can become an important player under Sam Allardyce.

Shakespeare’s made this claim after Lookman showed class on Thursday; bagging a brace against Apollon Limassol in an Europa League clash.

Lookman who for now has rejected advances to come play for Nigeria scored twice in the space of six first-half minutes in Cyprus on Thursday night to set the Blues on their way to a first win of the group stages.

Asked if he felt the 20-year old Lookman could become an important player, the Blues coach said: "I do. Remember he's only young and there were a lot of young players on that pitch.

"These players need the opportunity, but they also need to show the ability as well. He did tonight

“But we said to the team after, look at this as a starting block and in football you get your just rewards most of the time

"The work ethic was there for all to see and the rewards at the end of the game were there for all to see."

He added: "To come away from home, be it in Europe or the league, to come away from home, score three and keep a clean sheet they have got to take enormous credit from that."