Fulham completes RB Leipzig Ademola Lookman loan signing
Where will he fit into Fulham?
Fulham are looking to reinvigorate their already difficult season and while chasing a center-back has been the priority, questions remain as to the strength of their wide options.
The club have invested in wingers over the past two seasons, but none of their current wide options have consistently garnered attention.
Anthony Knockaert’s loan from Brighton was made permanent this summer for £ 15million, a total that would seem excessive given his return of five goals and three assists in the Second Division, while Ivan Cavaleiro also saw his loan become permanent. for a seemingly similar price.
At Lookman, Fulham hopes he can add flair to his frontline and potentially lighten some of the offensive burden of the already overloaded Aleksandar Mitrovic.
How important is a signing to Scott Parker?
This is not the priority for Parker, although he has spoken extensively about his desire to improve team competition and bring in quality players who “help the team grow”.
Lookman, of course, feels a bit more raw and maybe fits into the mold of players the club already has; someone with a point to prove at this level.
Fulham is well stocked in large areas, with Aboubakar Kamara, Neeskens Kebano, Cavaleiro and Knockaert all in the books.
But he is also a talented player who won many admirers when he entered the scene.
If Parker manages to listen to him regularly, Fulham will feel he is a key recruit.
What does this mean for Fulham’s current wingers?
It’s not clear. Knockaert has yet to play in the Premier League, making two Carabao Cup starts. It was linked with a move to Cardiff, although this was quickly called off.
Keeping all of these players happy will be a challenge for Parker, especially for those who have just made their loan permanent.
Why are RB Leipzig letting him go?
Lookman burst onto the scene in Leipzig, scoring five goals in their first 11 games and sending a message to parent club Everton they were letting go of.
But he’s struggled to make an impact since the move became permanent, falling down the pecking order behind Emil Forsberg and Marcel Sabitzer.
He made 13 total appearances last year, spending another 27 games unused on the substitutes bench.
Will Fulham do much more business during this window?
Almost certainly. The clamor for a new center-back reached new heights after Aston Villa’s loss, when director of football operations Tony Khan apologized on Twitter for the team’s performance and failure to recruit a defender central.
Parker has repeatedly referred to the need to strengthen himself in this area and while time is running out he is certain that a new defensive player will be recruited.
Otherwise it could just be a long season for Fulham.
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