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20 Y/0 Nigerian Ace Wanted By Manchester United: Do They Really Need Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Manchester United scouts have been sent out to monitor the progress of on-loan Everton forward, Henry Onyekuru. The Toffees beat a whole of clubs to secure his services in the summer, before deciding to loan him out to Belgian champions, Anderlecht.
Since his move, he has scored seven goals in 14 appearances this season, which has attracted interest from some of the giants of European football.

HLN are now reporting that the Red Devils have been monitoring his progress and keeping a keen eye on his performance in the recent times.

The 21-year-old scored the winner in Anderlecht’s 2-1 win over R. Excel Mouscron away from home. His goal scoring efforts have helped his side to third place in the Belgian first division. The forward scored in the last ten minutes of the game, which handed Anderlecht all three points.

Anderlecht has played one more game than Belgian league leaders, Club Brugge with a tally of 28 points in 15 games this season.

There have also been reports suggesting that Everton might recall their £7m signing as they look to find some inspiration in front of goal. The Toffees have struggled to score enough goals this season, which has led to an early elimination from the Europa League and are currently in 16th place in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone.

The Daily Star are reporting that Premier League clubs, Southampton and Stoke City are also interested in the Nigerian. Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven may also join in on the race for the midfielder.

The brilliant marksman was born in Onitsha, Nigeria and was part of the Aspire Academy in Qatar. He began his professional career at K.A.S. Eupen in 2015 where he scored 28 goals in 57 appearances.

The on-loan winger is highly versatile and can play in either flank or as a central forward. His current Everton contract runs until June 2022 so it is expected that if he does move in the near future, it would be for big money.

Onyekuru earned his first international cap recently when Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw against Algeria in a World Cup qualifier. Nigeria boss, Gernot Rohr has high expectations of him and may include his name in the national squad for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia next summer.

Manchester United started their campaign this season in emphatic fashion, scoring a plethora of goals in the first few matches. However, with the season progressing, the goals have dried up and they might need a genuine sharpshooter like Onyekuru to become a part of their lineup. Now, it remains to be seen whether he will indeed leave Goodison Park without having kicked a ball for the Toffees.

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