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Everton Opinion: Toffees should offload Henry Onyekuru this summer

According to Turkish source Fanatik, Everton forward Henry Onyekuru has attracted interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, owing to his promising displays on his loan spell at Galatasaray.

The same report claims that Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands has slapped a £35 million price tag on the Nigerian starlet.

Onyekuru, who made his move to Goodison Park in 2017 from Belgian outfit Eupen for a fee of £7 million, was tipped for great things but he hasn’t been able to make his bow in English football thanks to an ongoing work permit problem.

After spending time on loan at Anderlecht last season, the Nigerian was shipped out once again to Galatasaray at the start of the ongoing season and the 21-year-old has attracted interest with his impressive performances.

The versatile young forward has scored 11 goals from 24 appearances in the Turkish Super Lig, with manager Fatih Terim using the Nigerian international on either flank as a wide-forward and also as a centre forward.

Onyekuru, though, has failed to find the net in the Champions League and Europa League.

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With Onyekuru’s stocks on the rise, Everton need to make a decision on his future. While he is certainly a talented player with loads of potential, the Nigerian is yet to hone his skills to the extent that would make him a good fit for the Premier League.

11 goals from 24 appearances might look good to a layman but, in all honesty, the youngster hasn’t been consistent enough, with 7 of those 11 goals coming in just 3 outings.

Hence, it is quite evident that Onyekuru, though capable of producing excellent performances, is not yet capable of maintaining a sustained level, something that Everton should take note of.

The 21-year-old’s key attributes are his pace and skills but he is still not polished enough tactically to make an impact in a highly competitive league like the Premier League.

He doesn’t contribute much defensively and his movement off the ball isn’t great either. Also, the fact that he hasn’t netted in European competitions or against any of the top sides in Turkey should go down as a red flag in his development curve.

To put things into perspective, it is unlikely that Everton are going to use Onyekuru next season as Marco Silva already has plenty of pace and power in his ranks.

Theo Walcott, Bernard, Richarlison and Ademola Lookman are all capable of playing out wide on the flanks and it would be difficult for Onyekuru to break into the first-team team.

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With that being said, the best that Everton can do is offload the player and recoup the money to spend on other targets in the summer.

The quoted price is undoubtedly a bit much, but even if the Toffees manage to sell him for lesser, they would bag a massive profit on a player who has never played for them.

Bayern’s interest in the player is a clear indication of his stocks soaring high and Everton should not hesitate to cash in on him in the summer.


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