It seemed all but certain that Ademola Lookman was going to join Newcastle in January.
But by the time the window closed, Lookman was still playing in the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, the Magpies brought in Valentino Lazaro.
The Austrian has had a mixed start to life in England, showing some nice touches as well as some horrendous defending. Then to top it off, he picked up a needless red card in the final seconds against Crystal Palace.
But things are hardly going any better for Lookman back at Leipzig.
Club director Oliver Minztlaff claimed that the player wouldn’t leave on loan in January, and Lookman will likely be wishing that hadn’t been the case.
The former Everton man wanted to leave because of a lack of minutes. And in 2020, those minutes haven’t increased.
Leipzig returned to action on January 18th after their winter break, beating Union Berlin 3-1. However, Lookman remained on the bench.
And since then, the £22million man has played just 36 minutes of football. He’s been limited to three substitute appearances in league and cup. And in those three appearances, Leipzig haven’t won once.
Newcastle really could have done with a player of Lookman’s ability in January. An out-and-out winger who can make a difference in the final third.
And the early signs suggest that Lookman really could have done with the move too.