Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were again left underwhelmed by their side following the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Brighton on Sunday, a result which leaves the Merseyside club 16th in the Premier League, and just two points clear of the bottom three.
Ronald Koeman’s men went into their clash at the AMEX Stadium having won just two of their opening seven league matches, and they looked set to suffer a fourth defeat of the campaign when Anthony Knockaert gave Chris Hughton’s Seagulls the lead with just eight minutes of the game left. However, the Toffees did snatch a point from proceedings when Wayne Rooney converted a spot-kick in the final minute following Bruno’s foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, although it wasn’t enough to move Koeman’s men up the Premier League, or indeed ease the pressure on the under-fire Dutchman.
Several of our resident Evertonians remain unconvinced by Koeman’s ability to turn things around at Goodison Park, and they are unlikely to be encouraged by a recent report from OwnGoalNigeria either, which suggests that they will not be able to recall striker Henry Onyekuru from his loan spell at Anderlecht.
The 20-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer but was immediately sent out on loan to the Belgian giants, for whom he has since gone from strength to strength with seven goals in just 14 appearances in all competitions.
And with six goals in his last five league games for the club, the Nigeria international appears to be exactly what Everton are missing, and as such there was speculation that the Toffees were seeking to bring Onyekuru back to the club in January.
However, a representative of the 20-year-old has since quashed those rumours, saying: ‘It’s unfortunate that he can’t join Everton till the summer, as there is no break clause in his loan deal and aside that he is not qualify for a work permit yet.’
These comments are sure to frustrate our resident Everton fans and indeed manager Koeman, who have seen their side bag just five times in the Premier League so far.
Yet it doesn’t appear that Onyekuru will be the man to solve their striking woes come the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton pulled off quite a coup in signing Henry Onyekuru over the summer, but work permit issues left the Toffees with no choice but to loan him out for the season.
And his fast start to life at Anderlecht, having bagged seven goals in just 14 games, raised speculation about an early return to Goodison Park in a bid to help solve Everton’s striking issues, what with the club having netted just five goals in the Premier League so far.
However, a representative of the 20-year-old suggests that he won’t be returning to Merseyside in January, which is likely to bring even greater misery to manager Ronald Koeman, who is already under huge pressure to turn things around at Goodison Park.
Yet they look like they’ll have to turn their attentions to other targets when the window reopens in January.
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