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Lookman: The EPL ‘flop’ turns Serie A star


Lookman: The EPL ‘flop’ turns Serie A star
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Nigerian forward, Ademola Lookman, is fast becoming one of the top players in the Italian Serie A with his consistent eye-catching performances for Atalanta, which has seen him score 21 goals and provide 14 assists between last season, when he joined, and now, Reporters.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old provided two assists in their 2-1 win at Monza, to add to his growing tally among providers in Serie A.

According to Reporters, a sports data brand, Lookman is the fifth player to score more than 20 goals and deliver more than 10 assists since the start of last season in Serie A, after Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, AC Milan’s Raphael Leão, Paulo Dybala of Roma and Milan’s Olivier Giroud.

Two seasons ago, at 24, the Nigerian forward wasn’t considered good enough in England, having played for five teams in England and Germany, in order to find his feet. In 2017, he moved from Charlton Athletic to Everton, where he only managed four goals in 48 appearances. He was then sold to RB Leipzig in Germany, where he scored five goals in 24 appearances, before the German club sent him back on loan to England with Fulham and Leicester City.

At Fulham, he managed four goals in 35 appearances while his stint at Leicester saw him score eight times in 42 games.

Across the two seasons in Italy, Lookman has scored 21 goals and provided 14 assists. While OPTA’s data showed 11 assists, the Nigerian has 14 (eight in 2022/23 and six so far in 2023/24), as recorded by Transfermarkt, a website which keeps the stats of players performances.

In total, he has made 35-goal contributions for Atalanta between last season and now, placing him fifth behind Dybala (39), Giroud (39), Leao (41) and Kvaratskhelia (42).

Aside from placing him among the high performers in Seria A, the numbers also show how the player, who couldn’t stamp his authority at three clubs in the English Premier League, has adapted in the Italian topflight.

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