Who is Henry Onyekuru?


A number of clubs have expressed interest in Henry Onyekuru, and the player looks destined for a move away from Belgium this summer.

Who is he? Sam May gives you the rundown of all you need to know about the player…



Name: Henry Onyekuru

Born: Onitsha, Nigeria

Position: Forward

Club: KAS Eupen

International identification: Made his first-call up on May 22 for Nigeria


How good is the player?

The 19-year-old had an impressive in the Juniper Pro League, last season. Onyekuru scored 10 goals in 10 games, ending the campaign on a high and alerting a number of teams in the Premier League.

Despite scoring 12 goals throughout the campaign, he missed out on the ‘Golden Bull’ to RSC Anderlecht striker Łukasz Teodorczyk, who scored more away goals than the teenager.

He scored a stunning 24 goals in 41 games and of somebody of such a young age, proves he has what it takes to make the step up. The player also scored twice in the Belgium Cup.

Onyekuru put the frustrations of 2015-16 behind him and kicked-on, scoring six goals and helping Eupen en route to promotion to the top tier. He was a candidate for Belgium’s Young Player of the Year, but lost out to winner Youri Tielemans and fell short of second place to Landry Dimata of Oostende.


Who did he come about?

The Nigerian moved from his homeland to Senegal in 2010 to join the Aspire Academy. The organisation is aimed at unearthing the next ‘footballing wonderkid’ and generation of talents from across a number of developing countries and is Qatari-based.

His current club Eupen have been a big part of the Academy over the years and have previously been owned by ASPIRE Zone Federation, which helps to nuture players, who are hopeful of following in the footsteps of Europe’s greatest, and have a dream of playing amongst Europe’s elite.


Who is interested in his services?

Liverpool, Celtic, RB Leipzig, Southampton, Everton, Arsenal, West Ham and Birmingham City have all expressed interest in Onyekuru. The Gunners however, have emerged as favourites for the strikers signature.

He was previously a target for both Club Brugge and Anderlecht, but the player himself has stated that his future lies in the Premier League and away from Belgium.

But we are yet to discover where he will by plying his trade next season.


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