Ademola Lookman, whom Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr expects to switch allegiance to Nigeria, says he is targeting reaching the very top level in football and believes the support of Marco Silva is vital to that right now.
Silva has been very vocal in his support for Lookman ever since taking over at Everton in the summer and recently handed the forward a starting place for the match against Newcastle.
“It gives me great confidence that the manager has that faith in me and I hope I can repay it,” Lookman told Everton's official programme.
The second half of last term saw Lookman move on loan to RB Leipzig and impress during his time in Germany.
Lookman added: “My main objective was to play football and to keep on playing.
“We played a 4-2-2-2 system. I was on the left of two number 10s.
“A lot of teams over there play counter-attacking football but otherwise the game is not greatly different from the Premier League.
“I reached my target, which was to play games and score goals.”
The 21-year-old has also opened up on what his aims are for the future, as long as he works hard to try and achieve them.
“My ambition is to play at the top. To be at the very top of the top in football.”
“Those ambitions feel attainable. But it takes a lot of hard work.
“I talk to all the players about football. If you can get different ideas and views from other people you can learn a lot more.
“And playing with good players always improves your game. We are all helping each other here.”
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