Lookman ‘looked another level’, says Parker

Scott Parker praised Ademola Lookman for his performance after coming on as a substitute in Fulham’s defeat at Wolves.

Recent signing Lookman impressed after coming off the bench at Brentford in midweek and made an impact again.

Fulham lost 1-0 at Molineux and have been beaten in all four of their Premier League games this season.

But there were some encouraging signs – not least the lively display from Lookman after his second-half introduction.

“I thought he looked another level,” Whites boss Parker declared.

“You can see the quality the boy’s got. We knew that at the start of the window when he was the main one I wanted in – the main one I was calling for.

“I think you can see in a short space of time – at Brentford the other night and now here today – that the boy’s got unbelievable quality.

“He’s a big plus for us this year and he’s going to be a big help for us. Hopefully he can keep playing the way he is.”

Fulham’s defending, awful during their previous matches this season – reminiscent of the club’s last campaign in the top flight – was much better.

Parker made changes, dropping defenders Michael Hector and Denis Odoi and bringing in recent signings Ola Aina and Antonee Robinson for their league debuts for the club.

Fulham offered very little going forward until Lookman came on, but they defended with real intensity and looked much more solid at the back.

They even defended well in the build-up to the game’s only goal and can consider themselves unfortunate.

Robinson and Tim Ream both threw themselves in the way of shots before the ball dropped to Pedro Neto, who sent a left-footed strike beyond keeper Alphonse Areola and into the bottom corner of the net.

“I thought you saw a vast improvement today,” Parker said.

“I know we have quality going forward. Today though we saw that other side of the game and we’ll keep on working on that and keep improving.”