Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Everton Sign In-Demand Nigerian Sensation: How Will He Fit In At The Goodison Park?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Everton have been a busy club this summer as Ronald Koeman is adamant to improve the squad at the Goodison Park and take them into Europe next season. They have already completed the signings of a couple of exciting players and the latest addition to the squad seems to be Henry Onyekuru.

Also a transfer target for Arsenal, Onyekuru himself revealed that he has joined the Merseyside club for the next season, even before the club’s official announcement and this is yet another signing that can push Everton above their seventh place finish in the previous season.

Reports suggest that Onyekuru has put pen to paper on a deal with Everton and will join the club this summer. However, he is expected to be loaned out to Anderlecht for the next campaign, to give him some much-needed exposure.

A product of the Aspire Academy in Qatar, the Nigerian international, who has already made his debut for the national side, Onyekuru moved to Belgian outfit Eupen back in 2015 and has already established himself as one of the most important players at the club in the last couple of seasons.

He picked up 24 goals and nine assists in more than 40 appearances last season and at just 20, has established himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in his position in Europe at the moment.

Capable of playing on the right wing or also as a lone striker, Onyekuru is a left-winger who is known for his blistering pace. A genuine winger who loves to take on his man on the flank, the youngster is a decent dribbler who is hard to catch in full flow.

With decent passing and excellent finishing abilities, Onyekuru is a bit weak in the air and while using his strength and is not the right man at the moment to play in the Premier League. He is 20 and needs to work on a few areas of his game. And Everton have done a smart thing by loaning him back to one the best clubs in Belgium.

The Toffees themselves need a genuine winger next season with Ross Barkley expected to quit the club and though Onyekuru could have been a decent option, Koeman has decided that it is best to allow him another year to work on his skills, which could mean that Everton will spend on yet another winger this summer.

And if they do, they may have pulled off one of the most exciting transfers to England in recent times.

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