Back in the summer of 2015, Liverpool decided to bring in talented Nigerian attacker Taiwo Ayoniwi. The bullish frontman had been in fine form for the Nigerian youth-teams, after scoring seven goals in nine games for the under-20s in 2015.
Liverpool, therefore, felt he was worth bringing to the club, with a fee of £400,000 reported to be paid for his services by the Guardian That fee was paid to Swedish side Kalmar, who had the right of first-option on the player if he was to leave the Imperial Academy in Nigeria, as reported by Pulse But, as soon as the Nigerian arrived at the club, he was on his way out. The then-teenage striker was in no position to earn a work permit at Anfield so was sent to German side FSV Frankfurt on loan until the end of the season.
His season in Germany was not overly impressive and he spent the next season at NEC Nijmegen, after not earning a work permit again.
Both of his loan spells did not end well, with Frankfurt and NEC both getting relegated from their respective divisions.
Last summer, he was sent out on loan again, to his third country in three seasons.
Awoniyi joined Royal Excelsior Mouscron in Belgium on a season-long loan deal and they have not suffered relegation, so Awoniyi will be pleased with that.
But on a personal note, his own form has also improved. Awoniyi has scored 10 goals in 30 games. Whilst that is not a massive return it is his recent form that has caught the eye.
He has five goals in his last six outings and Liverpool will surely be keeping tabs on his services.
However, a work permit still remains an issue for the player and Liverpool will have to work some magic to have him registered for next season, or in the near future.
A talented player though he is, Liverpool may never get to reap the rewards of bringing in Awoniyi at such a young age.
Next season, another loan deal looks likely but hopefully, the Reds can keep him in Belgium where he has looked settled and he can perhaps find a continued run of form.
If he can play his way into senior national team contention, then Liverpool might just have a future star on their hands.