Everton has a welcoming dilemma on their hands as it concerns youngster Henry Onyekuru. The Nigerian is back in training after almost three injury-ravaged months on loan at Anderlecht. Will he continue rehabilitation at Finch Farm or be sent back to Belgium?
Of all Toffees’ foreign summer arrivals Onyekuru seems the most astute piece of business even without kicking a ball for the club. Sandro Ramirez couldn’t wait another summer before jumping back to Spain. Davy Klaassen, who did, was left without any choice after a Napoli switch fell through at the last hurdle. Nikola Vlasic is a Goodison Park ghost. He has made just one appearance in 2018.
Unlike those three Onyekuru wasn’t given the chance to prove his worth in Everton blue. Work permit issues forced the 20-year-old to spend the season elsewhere. Having blossomed in the Jupiler League before being plucked for a £7 million fee from KAS Eupen, where he had been top scorer, it was logical to send him back to the same environment. Until he was injured, it had proven a masterstroke.
He conveyed his rich vein of form to Anderlecht. Fourteen starts yielded an impressive 10 goals. Having knocked in 23 in 42 for Eupen, Onyekuru was on fire. In truth he began quite modestly, failing to find the target in his first four outgoings at the Constant Vanden Stock. Even when his teammates appeared mediocre on Champions League nights, Onyekuru distinguished himself. He was the sole shining light in purple and white.
With innate ability to play as a winger on either flank and as a central striker, he was wherever Anderlecht needed him to be. His goals in Belgium have displayed his multiple skills. He has beaten defenders with blazing acceleration, ghosted through crowds with magical close control, and rounded keepers with calm and cool.