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Aston Villa Are Ready To Make A Move For This Prolific Forward: Should Emery Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Jeunes Footeux stated that Aston Villa are ready to make a move for KRC Genk forward Paul Onuachu. It has been mentioned that the Villans are eyeing a move to acquire the services of the Nigerian striker.

Onuachu’s Impressive Form In Belgian Football

Onuachu has been a goal-scoring machine in Belgian football during this campaign as he has managed to put in a lot of decent displays for Genk in the final third. The 28-year-old has registered 14 goals in 15 matches for the Belgian club this season across various competitions.

The 16-time Nigeria international has led the line well by averaging 2.2 shots and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in the Jupiler Pro League. He has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates up top, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 76.7% in the Belgian top tier (stats via whoscored).

Onuachu’s current contract at Genk is set to expire in the summer of 2024. Therefore, Aston Villa will fancy their chances of recruiting him on the cheap at the end of this campaign.

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Should Aston Villa Head Coach Unai Emery Snap Onuachu Up Next Year?

Onuachu is proficient at creating space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal and has got the eye to play a few decisive passes on the attacking end of the pitch. At the moment, he simply cannot stop scoring in the Belgian top flight. However, the Nigeria international is still unproven at the highest level and would need time to settle into life in Premier League football if the Villans manage to successfully get him on board next year.

We can expect Onuachu to bring more firepower to Aston Villa boss Unai Emery’s attack. He is a prolific forward who could go on to become a success story at Villa Park if he can find a way to make a smooth transition to life in England.

Onuachu is in red-hot form at the moment and could be a good option for the Villans to take a chance on next summer. At 28, he is enjoying the prime stage of his playing career and would no doubt offer some healthy competition for Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins and even reduce their goal-scoring workload at the West Midlands club.

The pros outweigh the cons of recruiting the Owerri-born talent, so Emery should try everything in his power to snap him up soon.

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