Ademola Lookman’s versatility across the forward line was a key reason why Ronald Koeman was so intent on recruiting the 19-year-old from Charlton Athletic.
Lookman’s switch was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, Everton’s first piece of business in the 2017 winter transfer window.
The forward arrives at Goodison Park on a four-and-a-half-year deal, having netted 12 times in 49 appearances for Charlton, where he had risen through their academy to first-team stardom.
His parting gift for the Addicks was scoring the match-clinching goal in their 1-0 away victory at MK Dons on Boxing Day.
“He can play from the left side, he can play out of the right wing position, he can play like a second striker,” Koeman told evertontv. “He is fast and his movement is very dangerous. He is a player who scores goals.
“I spoke to the boy and he knows what we want, how he needs to train and play, and his behaviour. He’s only 19 and we know it’s difficult for young players to come into the first team at the level of the Premier League, but he’s the type who we believe can make the step as soon as possible.”
Lookman is cup-tied for Everton’s FA Cup third-round clash with Leicester City on Saturday, having played in the competition already for Charlton this season. Indeed, the England youth international struck twice in their 3-1 first-round success against Scunthorpe United.
Koeman will allow the youngster time to settle in at his new club before deciding when to unleash him in the Premier League.
“He is a very good young player and that makes it faster for him to come in,” added the Dutchman. “First of all, we have been really impressed with his qualities. We will see what happens but he will be involved with the first team because we need to see how his qualities compare to our first-team players.”