After 20-year-old Ademola Lookman made a surprise loan move to RB Leipzig on transfer deadline day, the head coach of his parent club Everton, Sam Allardyce, has revealed how the young English forward forced the move.
“It's one of the most unusual situations I've been in,” Allardyce said. “We got some deals for him but he was adamant he chose Germany."
The England Under-21 international – scorer of three goals in England’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup win last summer – has signed a loan deal until the end of the season, and, according to Allardyce, did not want to leave unless he came to the Bundesliga.
“His stubbornness means he got his own way in the end,” added Allardyce.
Lookman is the latest Englishman to be inspired by his fellow countrymen to join the Bundesliga in search of better development and first-team football in Germany.
Borussia Mönchengladbach announced that Reece Oxford (19) had re-joined the club on loan for the second time this season from West Ham, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (17) having joined in the summer and already earned himself a first-team spot.
Lookman could make his debut for Leipzig against Gladbach on Saturday evening, with kick-off at 18:30/17:30 GMT.