Liverpool may have some extremely talented youngsters on the club’s books that could have incredibly bright futures, however, sometimes things might not be able to fall in place and it could be a case of ‘what could have been’.
That appears to be the way forward regarding one of their attacking stars, as work permit troubles are getting in the way of his chances of making an impression at Anfield.
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Taiwo Awoniyi has failed to obtain a work permit within the United Kingdom and it is now being claimed that the Nigeria Under-23 international will be ‘certain’ to leave the Premier League giants in the summer if it cannot be resolved, per DH (via Sport Witness).
Currently on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, the 21-year-old has played a starring role, which has led to a number of Belgian outfits taking an interest in him should he be available to leave Liverpool in the summer.
Awoniyi clearly has bundles of ability and talent and it will be extremely frustrating for Liverpool to have to be allowed to let him leave permanently if they are unable to obtain a work permit for him.
The Nigerian, as mentioned, has been impressive with Mouscron this season, having scored seven goals and provided two assists in his nine appearances so far in his second spell with the club.
However, whether Liverpool will truly miss him would have to remain to be seen as they already have a number of quality players in the first-team that Awoniyi would struggle to replace.
With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all appearing to be Jurgen Klopp’s starting trio and with Xherdan Shaqiri having to play a back-up role, it would be extremely difficult to see the young Nigerian getting a chance, even in domestic cup competition.
It might actually be better for Liverpool to try and cash in on the player, as he is not some who is needed at the club and could still fetch a rather significant transfer fee if his performances in Belgium are anything to go by.
Liverpool fans, do you think the club should cash in on Awoniyi this summer? Or do you think he should remain at Anfield if he is granted a work permit? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.