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Nigeria’s 20-year-old forward, Henry Onyekuru might be a relatively unknown name in the world of football until last season but the K.A.S Eupen star has now got the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Onyekuru enjoyed a fine season with Belgian side Eupen scoring 24 goals and 9 assists in 41 appearances for the club.
The youngster finished the season as the joint top scorer of the Belgian top-flight. Although his exploits cannot be compared to the likes of EPL, Bundesliga or La Liga, he did manage to catch everyone’s attention.
Premier League club West Ham United are apparently in talks with the youngster’s agent which could soon see him play for the West London club next season. Onyekuru certainly has a whole lot of potential in him and is only beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities. Let’s take a look at why the £5.95m rated 20-year-old could be a superhit at West Ham.
Although he prefers to play on the left, Onyekuru has the ability to play anywhere across the front line, giving him the space to cut through the midfield and bring the ball onto his right foot. The 20-year-old can bamboozle the defence with his pace and dribbling ability, leaving the opposition with no choice but to bring him down to stop him. West Ham could certainly use a versatile player like him who can play both as a winger as well as a striker.
Although he is mediocre in size (5ft 9in), Onyekuru stands tall when it comes to trickery and speed. His low centre of gravity allows him to change the direction in a split second and give defenders, particularly large defenders, a lot of trouble.
Similar to his idol and French legend Thierry Henry, Onyekuru is an improviser in front of goal and rarely fails to find the back of the net. A natural finisher, Onyekuru has the ability take on the best goalkeepers in the world when he beats the backline.
Henry Onyekuru is quite clearly the solution for West Ham United’s attack and he is one player who Slaven Bilic would love to have in his team. But the Hammers will have tough competition on their hands as rivals Arsenal FC are also said to be after the 20-year-old forward. The Gunners definitely have the financial strength to lure the youngster to the Emirates but with their squad already stocked with top quality, competition from the likes Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck could prompt Onyekuru to choose West Ham instead.
Undoubtedly, Onyekuru would turn out to be a superstar for West Ham United.