Onyekuru: I’m Honoured To Be Belgum’s Best Talent

Henry Onyekuru has expressed his pleasure over clinching the Player of the Year at the 2017 Soulier d’Or Awards on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium.

The Soulier d’Or or Belgian Golden Shoe Awards is an award given in Belgium to  the best footballer of the first division at the beginning of every year and it has been like this for a long time.

Onyekuru who is presently recovering from a knee injury he sustained in December won the award ahead of Mechelen’s Hassan Bandé and Landry Dimata.

Onyekuru had a brilliant 2017 as KAS Eupen player and as a loanee at Anderlecht,. from Everton. He scored 24 goals for Eupen and 10 for Anderlecht. He returned to the Premier League side after injury stopped his fine showing for the Belgian giants.

Onyekuru polled 219 votes while Bande and Dimata recorded 162 and 128 votes respectively.

Reacting to the award, Onyekuru promised there are more awards to come for him.

“I am honoured to receive the Belgium talent of the year award, it has been a great journey so far and there is more to come. I thank the almighty God for his grace, and I also want to thank my family for their love and support,” he wrote on his verified Twitter handle.

The Super Eagles forward also expressed his happiness to Everton’s official website‎ about the award.

“I want to thank everyone for their support in helping me win this award,” Onyekuru told Evertonfc‎.com

“I want to thank God for life and making me who I am today, and my family for always pushing me to get to this stage.

“I must also thank Aspire Academy for the help they gave me and for taking me to KAS Eupen.

“The fans of Eupen and Anderlecht have always been fantastic to me, and alongside my teammates and the staff, allowed me to win this award. Winning this accolade gives me confidence and inspires me to come back to the pitch as fast as I can.”

Onyekuru’s parent club, Everton, had congratulated their player who is playing for Anderlecht as a loanee.

The Premier League club tweeted on Wednesday night: “Congratulations to @henryconyekuru, who has been named Belgium’s Talent of the Year this evening.‎”

 

Everton: Onyekuru In Liverpool Amidst Rumors Of Recall From Loan

Everton forward Henry Onyekuru has been spotted in Liverpool in the height of talks about a possible return to his parent owners Everton in January.

Onyekuru was signed by Everton from Belgium side Eupen after scoring 24 goals last season, which was his first top-flight experience since moving to Europe from Nigeria two years ago.

He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht, where after a period of bedding in, he has recaptured the form that made him the beautiful bride of most European team during the summer transfer window.

Everton is struggling to get goals since the start of the English Premier League season ‎, and Onyekuru who has five goals in seven games has been tipped for a return to the team in January.

The 20-year-old gave credence to ‎the story with a picture of himself with Liverpool as his location on his Snap Chat account earlier today.

Henry Onyekuru Still Has Eye For Arsenal

Henry Onyekuru has opened up that he has “always dreamt of playing for Arsenal” despite opting to join Everton.

The 20-year-old, however, explained that he took the time to evaluate offers before him before narrowing down his decision to The Toffees.

The former KAS Eupen man revealed that he wanted to move to a club where his development as a young football player will continue uninhibited despite pressure to move to the north London club.

He then talked of his love for the Gunners as “a little boy” and his admiration for Arsenal legend Thierry Henry who he hopes to tailor his style after.

“I’ve always dreamt of playing for Arsenal and a lot of pressure was put on me,” he told Belgian news outlet Sporza this week in Austria where he is in camp with RSC Anderlecht.

“After the last game for Eupen, I went to the (Nigeria) national team camp and I was always thinking to find the best solution for my career next season.

“I have been an Arsenal fan since I was a little boy. I loved watching Thierry Henry, not just the name. Up till now I still go back to YouTube to watch his videos. Most times before games at Eupen I go through his videos to watch and learn and do it on the pitch.

“It’s a good experience for me to be among the champions of last season. Anderlecht brought me to Austria, it is a good experience to be in the camp here for preparation for the new season. Everyone, the coaches, staff and players, have welcomed me,” said Onyekuru.

Onyekuru also revealed that former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie helped in making a decision with his advice.

He added that it was difficult to reach a decision on which club to join as Arsenal, West Ham, Birmingham City and Celtic as well as French giants Paris Saint-Germain were all linked with interests in him.

“I don’t know (the number of clubs that wanted me) but it wasn’t easy for me to make a decision. The most important thing was to join a club where I will play because as a young player I need to play. It took me so long to decide and with the help from ex-Nigeria player Peter Odemwingie and my parents and some of my friends who played football before me. They gave advice. So I chose Everton, then came to Anderlecht to play for a year,” he said.

The attacking winger is excited about the prospect of appearing for the Belgian champions Anderlecht in the Uefa Champions League as well as returning to a top division where he hogged headlines last season after Everton sent him out on loan to continue his development.

It is good for me to get Champions League experience and play in a league that I know well too,” he said.

Last season, Onyekuru netted 24 goals in all competitions for Eupen.

Onyekuru With Impressive Goalscoring Spring In Belgium

Nigerian youngster Henry Onyekuru has continued his impressive goalscoring streak as he netted another goal as his side KAS Eupen lets go of a two-nil lead to draw 3-3 with KV Kortrijk in Belgium on Saturday.

The relegation play-off game between the two sides turned out to be a classic as fans will remember the game for the way it swung back and forth.

Kortrijk, playing at home, found themselves two goals behind after 15 minutes as Eric Ocansey and Onyekuru scored for the visitors.

Stijn de Smet then got Kortrijk back into the game with a well-taken goal to cut the lead in half but Eupen regained their two-goal lead through Luis Garcia in the 74th minute.

The game ended in dramatic fashion as Kortrijk scored two late goals in added time for the draw.

Andriy Totovitskiy’s goal in the 90th minute and another by Sidi Sarr a minute later saved the home side’s blushes as they snatched a point at the death.

Onyekuru’s form has seen him attract interest from Germany, England and Scotland as it appears the striker might not play in the Jupiler Liga next season.

He has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season with seven assists.

 

 

Henry Onyekuru Sparks Transfer Battle

English Premier League club, West Bromwich Albion and Scottish Premiership club, Celtic are expected to battle it out for one of the hottest prospects in European football, Henry Onyekuru in the summer.

The KAS Eupen attacker has been in brilliant form for the Belgian club this season and has duly attracted interested from several suitors.

Celtic’s manager, Brendan Rodgers has stayed on the trail of the 19-year-old ever since he had a £1 million bid for the teenager rejected in January.

The Scottish club now plan a new approach this summer but will have to fight off rival interest from Premier League side, West Brom.

Albion manager Tony Pulis has sent his scouts to run the rule over Onyekuru, who came through the Aspire Academy in Qatar before joining Belgian side Eupen in 2015.

Eupen value Nigerian striker, Onyekuru at close to £7million, while Liverpool, Bournemouth and Southampton have also had him watched.

Onyekuru has scored 15 goals so far this season and is in the running to be named as Belgian Player Of The Year.

He will make a decision on his future after the Belgian play-offs.