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Chelsea, Manchester City to make bid for young Charlton Athletic star

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While the January transfer window is often used to fill holes in the squad discovered during the first half of the season, Chelsea have often used it to add talented youngsters for the future. According to The Independent, The Blues may be looking to do so again, with Charlton Athletic youngster Ademola Lookman as their newest target.

Even though Charlton aren't looking to let go of their prospect, their case isn't helped by Lookman's contractual status, with his current deal running out in 18 months - although the club does have an option to extend it for another year. A £5 million transfer bid might be enough for the club to sell the player, with Everton and Tottenham monitoring his situation while Chelsea and Manchester City lead the chase for Lookman in the market.

Lookman usually plays as a left winger or as a #10. When he's running down the flanks, he's very prone to cut inside and take a shot with either feet, with the right foot being his preferred one.

He's got a good amount of pace on him, constantly putting himself ahead of Championship defenders while carrying the ball towards the box. He's also got a very powerful shot, having slotted three goals in nine league appearances for Charlton this season.

But Lookman doesn't really seem like that great of a prospect to any Premier League side yet. He's taken off the ball too easily due to his lack of strength and he doesn't contribute much to his team off the ball, either in pressing or in the build-ups, looking only to make runs when the ball is close to where he's at or when he feels like he can be a proper passing option.

It doesn't help that he's still too raw technically speaking. While he's not a bad dribbler when he can beat his man with pace, he's not the best within tight marking or when not given a good amount of space. His first touch and passing range don't add much to his case, either.

Not to say that the youngster can't improve on what he's got now, which is mostly his physical attributes and a strong finishing set. But he certainly doesn't seem ready yet to be rated as a £5 million prospect by Chelsea or any other Premier League club, for that matter.

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