Tuesday, January 31, 2023

In-Form Everton Loanee Wanted By Southampton: Can He Change Their Fortunes?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Everton’s season is in tatters right now and the Merseyside club hierarchy must be having a thorough review of their miserable performance throughout this season. Despite spending their heart out in the summer, Everton have failed to even kick off their campaign, despite interim manager David Unsworth’s patience with the team.

One of the many new recruits at Goodison Park was Henry Onkyekuru. The Nigerian international was bought for a decent £7m but was immediately sent on loan to Anderlecht. Since then he has had a joyride at the Belgian club as he already has racked up seven goals this season.

Everton might be forced to recall the player in January as they are in dire need of new faces and the 20 years old might help the club to overturn the fortunes. But he is also wanted by a number of clubs like Southampton, who are quite interested in signing him.

The youngster lit up the Belgian league as he struck 20 times last season and it was his goals scoring traits that brought him to the Merseyside. He was having some problems with his work permit, so the Toffees opted to loan him out following his arrival.

Southampton badly need some inspiration in the attacking third as the Saints failed to dominate teams in the opposition box. They have been defensively pretty good but lack of intent in the attack has been their main problem. The likes of Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal have been inconsistent and the need of another attacker has been pretty evident.

Onyekuru has shown the quality Pellegrino is craving for. The Nigerian international’s strong physicality and tall stature allow him to indulge in a duel with the opposition defenders and his electric pace and trickery of the ball could prove to be very handy.

The Toffees might not be ready to part ways with one of the most encouraging players in the European circuit at the moment but he could be available on a loan deal, at best.

He might not have joined Everton but the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus all are courting for his signature and Everton might face a huge problem in keeping the player at the Goodison Park beyond the summer.

The attacker is also in the fray to seal a place in the World Cup squad in January so he could be a very sound investment for Southampton. But can he be the man to turn their season on into a productive one?

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