Newcastle have been linked with a move for 20 year-old Nigeria International Henry Onyekuru, according to sources in Africa as reported in the Chronicle today.
He currently plays for KAS Eupen who play in the Belgian First Division which is the second tier in Belgian football and last season he scored 24 goals and had 9 assists in 41 total appearances.
So even though it’s in the second division in Belgium this forward looks a class player in the making and some big clubs are said to be after him, including Arsenal.
20 year-old Nigeria International Henry Onyekuru
Henry made his International debut for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo 8 days ago on June 1st.
In the two seasons he’s played in Belgium with KAS Eupen, he has made 60 appearances with 30 goals and 11 assists and that’s a very good goal scoring record even though it is in the second tier in Belgium.
There have been reports in the last day or two that Arsenal are very interested in signing and very close to lodging a bid, but the youngster is willing to snub big clubs if he will not get playing time there.
This is what Henry said speaking to KweseESPN:
“The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time. I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.”
“My agents are in talks with top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French league and others. If they accept our terms, then I’ll make a decision.”
“It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play.”
“The money can come later but for now, I just want to play to improve, not just to play for a big club.”
Henry wanting to play regularly could be a problem for Newcastle, especially if Tammy Abraham signs on loan and we have to play the Chelsea striker, but Henry could also be sent out on loan for a year.
And maybe after another year playing first team football he could become the player who could come in next summer and solve Newcastle’s striker problem?
We don’t know how much Henry would cost but this lad looks a potential future star.
What do you think?