Ademola Lookman follows Osimhen to win first Serie A game of new campaign

Ademola Lookman follows Osimhen to win first Serie A game of new campaign
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Ademola Lookman was impressive in his first outing of the new season as Atalanta saw off the threat of Sassuolo thanks to a 2-0 win at the Mapei Stadium.

Lookman was given the nod to feature alongside Duvan Zapata in a front two by head coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

As on so many occasions last season, Lookman was at the heart of things for Atalanta early on and created their first chance of the game in the fourth minute when his corner found its way to Teun Koopmeiners, whose goal-bound effort was cleared off the line.

Lookman continued to pull the strings for his side and would have his first sniff at goal in the 14th minute, but his effort was well blocked.

The Nigerian’s best chance of the game came in the closing moments of the first half, when he dragged his left-footed effort wide after being played in by strike partner Zapata.

With the scores still level just past the hour mark, Lookman had his outing cut short by his manager, who opted to sub him off in place of new arrival Gianluca Scamacca.

While he would have been frustrated not to have registered a goal or an assist, Lookman would have been pleased to see his team get the job done through goals from Charles De Ketelaere and Nadir Zortea.

The 25-year-old will back himself to get up and running for the season next time around against Frosinone.

Ademola Lookman looks ready to star for Atalanta once again

Ademola Lookman was impressive in Atalanta's win over Sassuolo
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Despite just starting 20 league games right from the start, Lookman led Atalanta in both goals (13) and assists (6) in the 2022–23 campaign.

The departure of Rasmus Hojlund to Manchester United and potential exit of Duvan Zapata mean that Lookman will be relied upon to lead Atalanta’s new attacking unit, which consists of summer signings El Bilal Toure, Gianluca Scamacca, and Charles De Ketelaere.

Lookman found the back of the net three times in pre-season and is showing a real determination to become Atlanta’s new main man.

Having previously struggled across various spells at Everton, Leipzig, Leicester City, and Fulham, Lookman appears to have finally found a place that suits him, and he will need to repeat his heroics from last time out if Atalanta are to enjoy an impressive season.

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