Post by Everton News. on Aug 12, 2019 21:55:05 GMT
Henry Onyekuru has completed a transfer to Ligue 1 club Monaco for an undisclosed fee.
Forward Onyekuru, 22, joined Everton from Belgian team KAS. Eupen in summer 2017 and was immediately loaned back to Belgium with Anderlecht.
The Nigeria international scored 10 goals in 29 matches for the Bruges side during 2017/18.
He made a similar move to Galatasaray for the following season and was on target 16 times in 44 appearances, helping the Istanbul club reclaim their domestic title by a two-point margin from city rivals Basaksehir.
Monaco, who won their eighth domestic championship in 2016/17, finished 17th in last season’s French top flight.
With Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani netting 14 goals and seven assists between them since the start of the Ligue 1 season, it’s no wonder that Henry Onyekuru is barely getting a look in at Monaco.
The Principality club paid £12.5 million to sign the Nigerian international over the summer (Goal) but, like so many of Monaco’s purchases since the esteemed sporting director Luis Campos defected to Lille, Onyekuru has failed to live up to expectations – not to mention his hefty price-tag.
Injuries haven’t helped of course but, even when the 22-year-old is fit, he has remained out of favour. Coach Leonardo Jardim has handed Onyekuru just two league starts – and they both came in August. And, according to Sporx, things have got so bad that Onyekuru could be on his way back to Galatasaray in January. A right-footed forward who wears his first name on his shirt in homage to his icon Thierry Henry, Onyekuru produced 16 goals and six assists as Gala won the Super Lig title in 2018/19.
Now, negotiations are underway regarding a return to the Istanbul giants on loan with a £2 million temporary fee being mooted.