Post by Everton News. on Jan 29, 2018 10:42:43 GMT
Henry Onyekuru leaves Everton to rejoin Anderlecht
According to HITC, Henry Onyekuru is set to continue his Anderlecht loan following a return to Everton's Finch Farm.
Anderlecht's Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and Anderlecht at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...
Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru has decided to return to Anderlecht, according to Belgian outlet DH, despite being at loggerheads with Hein Vanhaezebrouck's side over whether he requires surgery.
The 20-year-old joined Anderlecht at the start of the season on loan for the entire 2017-18 campaign, and had scored 10 goals for the Belgian champions before suffering a long-term knee injury just two days before Christmas.
Anderlecht's Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru (C) jumps for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Celtic and Anderlecht at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...
Anderlecht sent the Nigeria international back to Everton to recover from his injury, as they expected the former KAS Eupen forward to undergo surgery when examined at Finch Farm.
However, Everton have decided that the attacker does not need surgery. If Onyekuru did go under the knife, it would end his chances of going to the World Cup with Nigeria - and subsequently ruin chances of gaining a work permit.
Henry Onyekuru #9 of Anderlecht looks on during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC Anderlecht and Bayern Muenchen at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on November 22, 2017 in...
The Toffees were forced to send Onyekuru out on loan as he is still without a work permit which makes him eligible to play for Everton, but participation at the World Cup will significantly improve his chances of gaining one.
Now, Onyekuru will continue his rehabilitation at Anderlecht without surgery, and will hope to return to the side sooner rather than later in an attempt to add to his 10 goals and boost his loan side in their push for the Jupiler League title.
Despite having signed for Everton nearly a year ago, Henry Onyekuru still finds himself currently unable to play for the club.
The winger made the move to Goodison Park from KAS Eupen last summer, but was instantly loaned out to Anderlecht for the entire 2017/18 campaign as he was not able to get a work permit to play in the Premier League.
And those issues are still around today.
Any player who is over 16-years-old and not from the European Economic Area requires a work permit to play for a British club.
In 2015 the FA changed the work permit criteria making it more difficult for non EEA (European Economic Area) players to sign for Premier League clubs unless they were “internationally established at the highest level”.
However, players from the Commonwealth with at least one grandparent who was born in the UK do not have to apply for a work permit through the points based system - they use a different method.
But, it's the points one we're concerned with today.
Firstly, a player can secure a work permit through playing the required number of competitive international matches for their country in the two years before the application was made.
The exact figure on this varies given where the player's home country stand in FIFA's official rankings - with a player sometimes only needing to appear in 30% of international games. For Onyekuru and Nigeria, that's not the case.
To qualify for a work permit at this stage, the winger would have needed to appear in 75% of Nigeria's competitive fixtures over the last two years, given their FIFA World ranking of 47.
Onyekuru has only ever made two appearances for Nigeria, which falls way short of the required amount to secure a UK work permit.
There is a second stage to the process, which sees applications taken to an 'Exceptions panel' made up of three members appointed by the FA.
They make their decisions via two sets of objective criteria, 'Part A' and 'Part B', which allocate points to a player if they fall into certain categories regarding transfer fees and wages. The first part relates to the finances of the deal in fee and wages.
For example, if the transfer fee paid for Onyekuru is inside the top 25% of all transfers to Premier League clubs in the previous season, then a player is awarded three points.
If a player fails to reach the required amount of points in 'Part A', then 'Part B' is brought into use, which go into further financial requirements and minutes played for their club and at international level. t certainly is a complicated process.
If a player then reaches the required amount of points for either 'Part A' or 'Part B', the exceptions panel will then conduct a subjective review of the information available to justify whether a work permit should be awarded. www.liverpoolecho.co.uk