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The Story Of Lookman’s Rise To Top Of Serie A With Atalanta

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Ademola Lookman has been one of Atalanta‘s key players so far this season after disappointing spells with Everton and Fulham.

The 24-year-old moved to the Gewiss Stadium from Leicester City in a €9m deal in the summer and has already left his mark with two goals and three assists in eight Serie A games so far this season.

His last goal against Fiorentina yesterday, helped La Dea take all three points and join Napoli at the top of the Serie A table.

After finishing last season outside Europe, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have begun 2022-23 on a high note and are the only unbeaten team in Italy along with the Partenopei. They may not be as spectacular as in the past, but they have the less beaten defence in Italy’s top flight with just three goals conceded in eight matches.

Lookman is giving a crucial contribution up front despite not being a regular starter yet. The Nigeria international has played three games from the start but has featured in every Serie A match so far.

Lookman was born in London in 1997 and is a product of Charlton Academy. He played for England’s youth teams including 11 matches with the U21 squad, but eventually picked the senior Nigeria squad, making his debut this past Match, months before his move to Italy.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve known about the club’s interest and obviously, I am here and ready to get to work,” Lookman said in August, in his first interview as an Atalanta player.

“For me, the platform here is amazing, it’s a massive club in Italy, they play attacking football so for me it was an easy decision to make.”

His pace and versatility have proved to be key for La Dea as Gasp has used the product of Charlton Academy as a centre forward, support striker or right winger.

Lookman also played for Everton, Leicester City and Fulham in England, but struggled to impose himself in the Premier League. He managed four goals in 48 appearances with the Toffees, eight in 42 matches with the Foxes and four in 35 with the Cottagers.

He didn’t play any of the two Europa League games between Everton and Atalanta in 2017-18, but La Dea was somehow in his destiny.

The 24-year-old spent a year and a half on loan at Leipzig, first in 2018, from January to June, and then in 2019-20.

He scored six Premier League goals in 26 appearances with the Foxes last season, but the early signs in his first months with Atalanta are even more exciting.

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