Can Ademola Lookman bounce back from poor penalty kick?


What was Ademola Lookman thinking of yesterday with his penalty cheap cheeky chip that was well saved by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to make him look silly and deprive his team of a valuable point.

Fulham would lose the match 1:0 as a result after Tomáš Souček’s earlier strike for West Ham.

It is a funny one though: had his cunning chip sneaked into the net, it would have looked glorious and we would all by now be praising Lookman to the high heavens.

Instead, his paneka trick backfired big time to leave everyone linked to the club seething, more so his manager.

“I’m not going to shirk away from the penalty miss, I’m angry,” said manager Scott Parker afterwards as he added that Lookman will learn quickly for this malarkey.

And it does seem like the Super Eagles prospect has indeed learnt his lesson after taking to social media to say: “After yesterday’s mistake, I take full responsibility and onus for it.To everyone concerned, I vow to put the next one in. I will not let this mistake hold me back.”

Lookman’s teammate Harrison Reed then said on television:”He has apologised so we will brush it under the carpet and move on; he’s gutted in there – we all are.”

The defeat means that Fulham are hugging the lower parts of the English Premier League table with 17 points. Since returning to England after a wretched time in Germany, Lookman has clocked 5 Premier League appearances, notching 1 goal and several sterling performances thus far.

His switch from England to Nigeria remains shrouded in mystery to me with owngoal.com reporting that its slow pace of progress is frustrating Lookman. Some Super Eagles fans are starting to have sleepless nights that Lookman’s stellar performances thus far will attract interest from England gaffer Gareth Southgate.

Lookman on his part will be hoping to draw a line under the sand of his penalty farce in weeks to come with delicious displays that will continue to make him the toast of Nigeria and England managers and fans.


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