Lookman Promising Everton Focus In Huddersfield Clash

Ademola Lookman says Everton will go to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday aiming to impose themselves on a home team under the new management of Jan Siewert.

Forward Lookman has started Everton’s past four matches following a short injury layoff and admits he is relishing the opportunity to string together a succession of games.

The 21-year-old’s priority, however, is to aid his side’s bid to climb the Premier League table.

Marco Silva’s team sit 11th but could jump into the division’s top seven with victory at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, are in urgent need of points in their bid to escape the drop. The West Yorkshire side lie at the foot of the table but represent something of an unknown quantity, with former Borussia Dortmund Under-23s boss Siewert poised to take charge for the first time against Everton after replacing fellow German David Wagner in the Terriers hotseat.

But Lookman is promising his side will not be distracted by the upheaval in Huddersfield's dugout.

“[Changes of manager] happen in football a lot but we have to focus on ourselves,” said Lookman.

“It is about how we are going to impose our gameplan and how we can affect them.

“Every match brings a new challenge. We will be going there to fight to play our football and get the win.

“As players, we want to grow as a club and as a team. I am sure with time that will happen. Together we are all trying to achieve the same thing.”

Lookman marked his return to the side against Lincoln City earlier this month by scoring his second goal for the Club and claiming man-of-the-match honours.

He crowned another terrific individual performance in the 2-0 Premier League success over Bournemouth by setting up Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the match-defining strike.

Lookman, a world champion with England Under-20s in 2017, retained his spot for the subsequent clashes with Southampton and Millwall.

The former Charlton Athletic flyer has featured in 28 top-flight matches – starting seven – following his move to Goodison Park two years ago. He has been a fixture in manager Silva’s plans since making his first appearance of the campaign in the reverse meeting with Huddersfield back in September.

“It has been great to start the past few games,” added Lookman. “I love playing football and I am just happy to have the chance to do that. 

“My family have helped keep me motivated and focussed. It is about looking at myself now and trying to improve and develop every single day. That’s the most important thing.

“I don’t think I am far off [my best]. Of course, it is never easy to come in and start [after a period out] but as a professional, you need to be ready at all times. That’s what I have done and hopefully long may these starts continue. 

“It is in games that you can showcase yourself but training is important as well. Being the character I am, I want to start every game. That might not always happen but I just make sure I am ready.”