Everton fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following the Toffees’ disappointing start to the season.
Ronald Koeman’s side have managed just two wins from their opening seven Premier League games despite spending in excess of £100 million during the summer, and with no victory in either of their two Europa League group matches either, the pressure is very much on the Dutchman.
Part of the problem has been their distinct lack of goals, having netted just four in the league, which is why several of our resident Evertonians will likely be intrigued by a recent report from Nigerian website 90minutesgoal.
And that’s because they report that the Toffees are considering bringing striker Henry Onyekuru, currently on loan at Belgian outfit Anderlecht, back to the club in January in a bid to solve their striking crisis.
The 20-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in January of this year after impressing at Belgian side K.A.S Eupen, for whom he scored 30 goals in just 60 matches.
And the young forward has continued his meteoric rise at heavyweights Anderlecht this season with five goals in 12 appearances for the club, including four in his last four league matches to help the champions to three wins and a draw in that time.
And, what with Everton seriously struggling for goals, reports suggest that the Merseyside club are considering a move to bring him back to Goodison Park in January, as opposed to staying in Belgium for the entirety of the campaign.
But whether they are able to overcome a work permit issue, the main reason for his loan spell anyway, to bring Onyekuru back remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s striking problems have been well documented this season, with just four Premier League goals simply not good enough for a side harbouring ambitions of European football.
Yet one striker on the books at Goodison Park isn’t currently playing his trade there, with Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru currently on loan at Belgian side Anderlecht, and seriously impressing with four goals in his last four league games.
And Everton are considering trying to cut short his season-long loan move in January to solve their forward issues, but have the problem of a work permit, a reason for the 20-year-old’s temporary move away in the first place, to overcome.
Get the green light on that though, and Onyekuru could well be featuring for the Toffees in the second half of the season.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!