Ronald Koeman has praised new Everton signing Ademola Lookman for his desire to begin improving his game, but warned against unrealistic expectations from Blues fans over his new recruit.
Lookman joined the Toffees in an £11m transfer from League One side Charlton Athletic last Thursday, and has already set his sights on breaking into the first-team setup on Merseyside.
The 19-year-old possesses raw potential and talent that Koeman hopes to unlock during the winger's time with Everton and, in an interview with the club's official website, has already revealed that the ex-Addicks starlet is keen to learn from those at Finch Farm as he looks to become the latest Premier League star.
The Dutch boss said: “Mentally, he likes to improve and watch clips of his performances. I think they are all good signals from a young player who knows he is just starting. We will support and will help him improve. That’s really important. He wants to train and he wants to play.”
Lookman was unveiled to the Goodison faithful ahead of Saturday's disappointing 2-1 FA Cup third round exit at the hands of Leicester City and, following his switch from Valley Parade, told Everton's site that he hopes to make his senior bow for the Blues at some point during the 2016/17 campaign.
While he admires Lookman's determination and resolve to showcase his qualities on home turf as soon as possible, though, Koeman admitted that it would take time for the speedy wide man to get used to the rigours of Premier League football and advised caution from all Everton supporters as a result.
He added: “Ademola has good experience and everybody knows that at that level the football is more physical than the Premier League. Now he will get more experience at a higher level, which will be good for the boy.
“I spoke to the boy and he knows what we want, how he needs to train and play and his behaviour. He’s only 19 and we know it’s difficult for young players to come into the first team at the level of the Premier League, but he’s the type who we believe can make the step as soon as possible.”
Everton are next in action against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Sunday.
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