Newcastle United target Ademola Lookman talks transfers, international ambitions & creating excitement

Newcastle United have put former Everton and Charlton Athletic forward Ademola Lookman at the top end of the January wanted list.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 6:38 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 6:43 pm
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Javier Manquillo of Newcastle United battles for possession with Ademola Lookman of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on December 5, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Talks remain ongoing to seal the deal for the England youth international, with some reports suggesting the transfer has been agreed, even a medical booked.

But what kind of player is Lookman? Where will he fit in at United? And what are his ambitions? Here’s Lookman, in his own words, talking about transfers, an international dilemma and his style of play.

Lookman on his style of play

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“I think dribbling, going past people, creating opportunities for others and scoring goals. I’d say I’m quiet, hardworking, intelligent and skilful. I wouldn’t say I have a weakness... I don’t have a weakness, no."

The 22-year-old Londoner discusses an international dilemma

"It's a competition (World Cup 2022) I'd like to play in, for sure. That's definitely something I need to address (England or Nigeria). I'm open and it's good to have different opportunities. It's a serious decision. We'll see. International football is a big thing if you want to keep progressing, which I do."

Lookman talks talent & his upbringings

“I always say I’m always in competition with myself to always get better and improve and that’s what I keep doing every single day. It is a long season so hopefully opportunities will arise but when it comes I’ll be ready. I’m always looking forward, always looking to improve and that’s what I’m going to keep on doing – to always get better as a player and as a person. Even at times when I thought I couldn't do it. Sometimes I'd think maybe it won't work out for me. And they'd quickly be like, ‘what are you talking about? God's given you this talent for a reason, don't ever give up on it’."

On the decision to move to Germany

"Just a leap of faith. I didn't come here to prove him (then Everton boss Sam Allardyce) wrong. I came here for myself. I knew I'd made the right decision. I always back myself. I know what I'm capable of doing. Whether it was in England, Germany, Spain or wherever, it's not a problem for me. Football's football, right?”