By Danny Wright
Everton have confirmed that Henry Onyekuru has joined Belgian giants Anderlecht on loan for the duration of the 2017/18 season.
The 20-year-old forward has previously revealed on his personal Instagram account that he was set to sign a deal with the Toffees, but a statement on the club’s official website on Friday announced that he will spend another year in the Belgian Jupiler League after completing his switch to Merseyside.
Onyekuru has become Everton’s third new recruit of the summer transfer window, after Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen both moved to Merseyside in deals that add up to a combined total of over £50million.
The Toffees confirmed in the statement that Onyekuru agreed terms at Goodison Park in “an undisclosed fee” on a “five-year contract”.
The Nigerian youngster ripped apart the Belgian top-flight last season, scoring 24 goals and supplying nine assists in 41 appearances across all competitions for KAS Eupen.
He will now continue his education in Belgium with Anderlecht, who are regular competitors in the Champions League.
They will compete in Europe’s top competition again next season as Jupiler League champions and have already qualified for the group stages, meaning that Onyekuru will be starring on the biggest stage that he has ever played on.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s definitely a smart move for Everton to send Onyekuru to a team that has a pedigree of nurturing young talent. Anderlecht has proved to be a production line of top youngsters in recent history, so they will definitely know what they’re doing as Onyekuru hopes to reach Premier League stardom with Everton. His loan move also gives a solid indication as to what will be happening regarding the future of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian makes no secret that he wants Champions League football next season, but the Toffees are yet to find a replacement and there hasn’t been much said about his departure.
In other Everton news, this 21-year-old has agreed a new deal at Goodison Park.