Akpom, Lookman Rain Goals In Belgium, Germany


Two former England youth internationals, who are still in contention for senior shirts with Nigeria, Chuba Akpom and Ademola Lookman were on fire with goals last weekend in Belgium and Germany respectively.

In Belgium, Akpom, who is on loan from Arsenal, hit his sixth goal in 15 appearances for Sint-Truiden in a Belgian UEFA Europa League play-off game against Royal Antwerp.

The Arsenal loanee who has been displaying his scoring skills in the division was yet at it at Bosuil Stadion, doubling his side’s advantage with a delightful volley in the 33rd minute of the clash after his teammate, Jonathan Legear had opened the scoring earlier.

This comes after the Hale End Academy product scored his second goal in the colours of Sint Truiden against same opponents back in April and he could have gotten a double here had goaltender, Sinan Bolat not denied him.

His latest act continues to bolster his stock as he prepares to bid The Canaries farewell in return to the Emirates Stadium where he would hope to work his way back into first team contention under a new club manager.

The 22-year-old Akpom, who has made 12 first team appearances for the Gunners since his debut, will now fancy his chances of a permanent deal in Belgium this summer.

In Germany, England U20 World Cup-winning winger, Ademola Lookman was on target for RB Leipzig, as they cruised to a 6-2 win over Hertha BSC at Olympiastadion Berlin on Saturday afternoon.

The Everton loanee was named in the starting line-up while Jordan Torunarigha returned to the Hertha Berlin team after serving a one-game ban for accumulated bookings.

Upamecano opened the scoring for the visitors on 2 minutes, Ibišević restored parity two minutes later before Lookman got in on the act to make it 2-1, while Augustin struck in the 22nd minute to extend the lead with the lad from Everton then providing the assist for the goal.

In the second half, Lookman would garner his second assist of the afternoon after setting up Augustin again in the 54th minute, before he was replaced in the 62nd minute.

Lookman, who was directly involved in nine goals ( 5 goals and 4 assists) in 11 Bundesliga appearances, has made a big impact for RB Leipzig since joining them on loan in the January transfer window and was named the most outstanding player in the Bundesliga for match day 33 after scoring a brace against Wolfsburg.


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