‘Has the edge on Lookman’: Alan Shearer claims Hale End star is better than Fulham ace

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Alan Shearer has claimed that Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is better than Fulham’s Ademola Lookman, who is four years his senior.

The Cottagers’ attacker has enjoyed a stunning start to life with the West London outfit, scoring four times and assisting a further four times in the Premier League.

However, when talking about the duo, the former Newcastle United man waxed lyrical about the Hale End academy ace, saying he just has the edge.

Shearer said: “Statistically, the pair are very close this season, but I think just looking at the numbers, Saka just has the edge on Lookman, but they’re both fantastic players though.” (via Premier League)

Who is the better overall player?

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka

Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman

Saka’s rise to stardom has been one, incredibly steep journey with the youngster moving ahead of many of his seniors during the process. His performances have earned him a starting spot ahead of senior players likes of Nicolas Pepe and Willian despite the duo’s vast experiences in the game.

And it’s not just club football, where the ace has made his mark with Saka also having notched up four appearances for the England national team. When speaking about him, manager Gareth Southgate claimed he and Emile Smith Rowe were a ‘breath of fresh air.’

Comparing the duo, and you start to see the lack of any competition. Whilst Lookman has been decent for the Cottagers, his form doesn’t compare to that of Saka, who at points during the campaign has carried the north London giants on his back. Three player of the month awards in a row is a display of just how sensational the youngster has been during a stunning season.

His display during the Europa League last-16 clash versus Benfica is a show of how reliant Arsenal have been on a 19-year-old, further cementing the proof of his superiority to his 23-year-old counterpart.

Saka’s ceiling is phenomenally high, however, at the tender age of 19 the most impressive part has been how quickly he has become a starter ahead of more senior pros for both club and country. Any comparison to the Fulham winger proves incredibly disrespectful to a star who has an abundance of talent.

In other news, Arsenal have been handed a bitter injury blow ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

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