All eyes will be on Ademola Lookman when Fulham face Everton

We would imagine that Ademola Lookman had a sleepless night or two during this international break. The forward, who only turned 23 last month, will be hoping that his lack of experience doesn’t come to define Fulham’s season. We call it a lack of experience because surely only a young player would use a stoppage-time opportunity for an equaliser to attempt a shot as risky as the ‘Panenka’. Lookman did just that with his penalty kick away to West Ham on the most recent Premier League weekend. Fulham were trailing by one goal; the referee’s whistle for a foul in the box signified a chance to restore parity, to get points on the board. And Fulham, with only four from their opening seven games, desperately needed points. You saw what happened. You probably laughed at it. You weren’t the only one. Lookman fluffed the attempt and spent the eternity it took to reach the goal watching Lukasz Fabianski dive, then get back up, pop out to the shops, and watch Coronation Street, before catching the ball. 

Thinking of anything else about Lookman right now is difficult. This is the challenge that he faces. To erase that humiliation from the consciousness of the football world. To show more of the quality he did against Sheffield United last month when he scored a fine solo effort. To remind us all of why Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig felt compelled to tie him down to a five-year contract. Lookman owes it to Fulham to make up for that howler. But more importantly, he owes it to himself.

You may be able to see the first scene in Lookman’s redemption story this weekend when Fulham host Everton. The Toffees started the season brilliantly but a sticky patch before the break saw them go on a run of four games without a win.  Odds are available for this football match and many other top-flight contests on Wincomparator. As well as finding the best odds for the biggest matches, Wincomparator also analyses outcomes with their expert tipsters.