With the player’s work permit issues still ongoing, Everton may eventually be tempted to sell him for profit on the £7 million they paid for him.
Though he hasn’t yet managed to play a game in Everton’s blue, this could well be a source of frustration for the Toffees.
Indeed, Onyekuru spent last season on loan with Galatasaray, catching the eye as he scored 16 goals and assisted three times in 32 starts and five substitute appearances to help his side win the Turkish league and cup double.
On top of his goals and assists, Onyekuru completed 1 key pass and 1.3 dribbles per match (as per WhoScored), which offers a glimpse into his creative spark. To put that into context, only three Everton players made more key passes than him last season (Lucas Digne, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson) and only Andre Gomes completed more dribbles.
The attacker’s exploits have seen Napoli stand up and take notice, as there is seemingly an opportunity to take advantage of his work permit issues. Indeed, it could be worth doing for any club who can manage it, as the Nigeria international is still only 22-years-old, so still has time to develop his game even further.
Paul Joyce of the Times did report that Marco Silva said back in May that he already had four right-footed wingers in his squad but, going off the aforementioned stats, Onyekuru did more to impact games in an attacking sense than someone like Theo Walcott, who recorded fewer goals, assists, key passes per game and dribbles completed.
Back in October 2018, the Mirror reported that European powerhouses such as PSG were scouting the player, so he clearly does have the kind of talent to impress some of the world’s biggest clubs. With that in mind, the idea of potentially losing him without ever seeing him play could be rather frustrating.
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