By Danny Wright
Henry Onyekuru has confirmed himself to be in Liverpool after it was reported that Everton were looking to cut short his loan spell at Anderlecht in January and bring him back to Goodison Park.
Onyekuru, 20, signed for the Toffees in the summer from KAS Eupen, but having failed to earn a work permit, the Nigeria international was shipped out on loan to the Belgian champions.
However Nigerian news outlet 90minutesgoal reported that week that Everton wanted to bring him back and reapply for a work permit by using the “special talent” argument that has previously seen John Obi Mikel join Chelsea and Kelechi Iheanacho join Manchester City.
The attacker has scored five times in 12 matches while on loan at Anderlecht, who he had to join in the summer on loan as he had not played in 75% of Nigeria’s international matches over the last two years, therefore blocking him from obtaining a British work permit.
Now, Onyekuru has posted a picture of himself on his Instagram story on his personal account which geo-tags him as being on Merseyside as a passenger in a car, suggesting that there may be substance to the report about a January switch.
Nigerian goal machine Onyekuru was in prolific form for Eupen in the 2016/17 campaign, scoring 24 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton need a goalscorer in January. Ronald Koeman is walking a tightrope after a poor start to this season and needs to find someone who can replace the goals that were lost when Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United. Sandro Ramirez is yet to convince the fans while Oumar Niasse isn’t reliable enough to play throughout the campaign. Bringing back Onyekuru is a major risk and a potential swoop to bring him back to Goodison may upset Anderlecht, and if a work permit application is denied again, it would be a massive waste of time. Onyekuru does well playing on the wings so a move to be a regular Premier League striker may not see him replicate his record from Belgium.