COMMENT By Richard Parks
Henry Onyekuru clearly knows his own mind and will snub Anderlecht to join Borussia Mochengladbach.
The Everton attacker is good enough to have multiple offers on the table and he is making the right move by spurning a return to Belgium’s leading club for a tilt at the Bundesliga.
For his development, this is absolutely the correct decision, and he will rip it up next season.
Competition for places will be far more intense at the team who finished ninth in this season’s Bundesliga, but that could spur the Nigeria international to new heights.
Belgian newspaper HLN claim Onyekuru, 20, will meet today with the German outfit’s sporting director Max Eberl, whose club are keen to secure an agreement with the player as well as meet Everton’s conditions for a season-long loan.
Onyekuru joined Everton for £6.8million (source: Sky Sports) last summer but was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht, who have an agreement with the Merseysiders to take the forward for a second campaign.
The problem is that the player himself doesn’t fancy it after falling out with the Belgian club’s manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck.
The forward has not played enough internationals for Nigeria to secure a work permit to play in England, which means he has no choice but to go out on loan for second consecutive campaign.
A move to the Bundesliga makes sense for the player and Everton, who will be keen for him to develop in a strong division that will test him more than the Jupiler League.
He followed up his 24-goal breakthrough 2016-17 campaign for KAS Eupen by scoring 10 goals in 28 appearances for Anderlecht in the recently-completed season, before a knee injury cruelly cut short his season at the halfway point.
Onyekuru is a pacy and penetrative forward who can unhinge organised defences and create and score goals. The type of player Everton are crying out for, if truth be told.
He is on the verge of making a move that will take his game to a new level and mean he could be ready to make a huge impact at Goodison when he does finally arrive.