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Ademola Lookman’s talent unveiled by Atalanta coach

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Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has shed light on the secrets behind Ademola Lookman’s impressive development, revealing a meticulous and patient approach that has brought out the best in the Nigerian winger. “I worked with him with the patience of a craftsman,” Gasperini told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Lookman has been a fixture at Gewiss Stadium for two seasons now. Although this past season wasn’t his highest-scoring in Serie A—netting 10 goals, three fewer than his debut season—his overall performance across competitions has been stellar.

The 25-year-old scored 17 goals in total, including a hat-trick in the Europa League final against Bayer Leverkusen, marking the best season of his career.

The evolution of Lookman’s talent has prompted many to wonder about the transformation. Gasperini credits Lookman and his teammate Gianluca Scamacca’s inherent abilities.

“The secret is that they are talented. I don’t transform anyone, I can’t add anything, I just bring out what was in them,” he explained. “They become strong if they already were.”

Gasperini emphasized the importance of mentality in nurturing talent. “Working on their mentality is fundamental; we have to convince the players.

It may take months, but it unlocks something. Lookman is a top player today, but he wasn’t before.

He was strong but tended to shine less regularly; he disappeared from the game.

He was the same during training,” the Italian coach noted.

Throughout his tenure at Atalanta, Lookman presented challenges that required a patient and deliberate approach.

Gasperini revealed, “I worked with him with the patience of a craftsman. What he has done in recent weeks looks like his maturity.

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He wants the ball, participates in the game, works with his teammates.”

Lookman’s journey has seen him play for RB Leipzig, Leicester City, Everton, and Fulham before finding his stride at Atalanta.

His transformation under Gasperini’s guidance highlights the critical role of a supportive and demanding coaching environment in unlocking a player’s full potential.

As Lookman continues to mature and refine his skills, his story stands as a testament to the power of persistence, patience, and the right mentorship.

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