Ademola Lookman could not be happier to be back in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig. - © imago images / Picture Point LE
Ademola Lookman could not be happier to be back in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig. - © imago images / Picture Point LE

Ademola Lookman: "I didn't have to think long about returning to RB Leipzig"


Ademola Lookman says his decision to leave English Premier League outfit Everton and rejoin Bundesliga club RB Leipzig was a no-brainer.

Lookman enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Leipzig during the second half of the 2017/18 season, producing five goals and four assists in 11 Bundesliga appearances.

The 21-year-old English winger spent the 2018/19 campaign back at Everton, before signing for Leipzig on a permanent deal earlier this week.

"I'm very happy to be back in Leipzig and to be back with my teammates," Lookman told Leipzig's official website. "I didn't have to think too long about returning here.

"I enjoyed my previous spell a lot and followed RB Leipzig's results last season."

Used only sparingly at Everton last term, starting just three of his 18 English Premier League outings, Lookman will have been delighted by what he saw from afar.

Leipzig finished third in the Bundesliga and reached the final of the DFB Cup for the first time in their history. A second campaign of UEFA Champions League football now awaits for one of German football's most ambitious clubs, but the promise of European football isn't the only reason Lookman plumped for the Saxony-based ensemble.

With the Bundesliga's youngest ever coach, Julian Nagelsmann, taking over the reins from Ralf Rangnick, Lookman believes his future is in the safest of hands.

"Julian Nagelsmann is a very young coach, which is why he also knows a lot about young players," the Englishman explained.

"I'm sure that I can learn a lot from him, especially from his way of playing football."

Lookman lined up on the left wing in his first Leipzig appearance under Julian Nagelsmann on Friday. - imago images / Picture Point LE

Nagelsmann's attacking brand of football, made famous in his time at former club Hoffenheim, will be just to Lookman's liking.

The Londoner loves to take on opposition defenders as he did to tremendous effect from the bench on his Bundesliga debut in February 2018. He scored just 10 minutes into the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, courtesy of a fine solo effort, but nearly missed out on becoming the first English player to find the net in the German top flight in more than 12 years due to a pair of dodgy boots.

Lookman, who had difficulty keeping his footing on the slippery Borussia-Park surface and was nearly given the hook by former coach Ralph Hasenhüttl prior to his landmark goal, says he won't be making the same mistake twice.

"This time, I've brought the right pair with me to Leipzig, the others are stored away," he said with a smile.

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Lookman made his second debut for Leipzig in the pre-season friendly with Rennes on Friday, helping his side to a 2-0 win.