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Onyekuru eyeing Bundesliga switch?

| Thursday, 17 May 2018 16comments  |  Jump to last
Henry Onyekuru is set to hold talks with Borussia Moenchengladbach over a potential season-long loan as he cools on the idea of staying at Anderlecht.

The 20-year-old striker has an agreement with the Belgian giants having spent 2017-18 there, on loan from Everton.

His loan spell, however, was badly disrupted by a serious knee injury, which likely cost him a place in Nigeria's World Cup squad.

Onyekuru needs to play in 75% or more of his country's internationals to qualify for a UK work permit and there are those in Nigeria who feel as though Anderlecht deliberately withheld him from the team in recent weeks to ensure that he would be overlooked.

Whether the player himself feels that way or he just wants a change of scenery, Het Laatste Nieuws in Belgium are reporting that Onyekuru will travel to Germany to discuss a fresh loan move with Moenchengladbach, pending agreement from Everton.

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 17/05/2018 at 08:08:28
It's a gamble. He only needs a year more in Belgium to get his passport.
Paul Dewhurst
2 Posted 17/05/2018 at 09:55:56
Belgium passport will be pointless when we are not in Europe
Martin Reppion
3 Posted 17/05/2018 at 09:58:06
So much for the EU wanting a common border policy. He can play in Belgium but not here. I have never understood the politics of this. But then again, I can't understand how people who should know this spent the club's money on a player we can't have.
It's like buying a Porsche for your 2 year old son.
Andrew Ellams
4 Posted 17/05/2018 at 10:21:51
Martin, he's a non EU national so it's nothing do with EU immigration rules it's FA and home office policy.
Martin Reppion
5 Posted 17/05/2018 at 10:51:48
As I said, I don't know the law on this. But the point is, that whoever spent the money should know it. Who does the due diligence before committing club funds bothin terms of transfer fees and salaries?
I understand about buying for the future. I think, however, that buying players we can use makes a lot more sense.
Steve Hopkins
6 Posted 17/05/2018 at 10:55:07
Isn't the whole point of him playing in Belgium to get Belgian citizenship and therefore an EU passport, from my Football Manager playing days I seem to remember Belgium require the least amount of time spent in the country before offering citizenship, if he moves to Germany then the process would restart, take longer overall and render his time spent in Belgium a waste
Andrew Ellams
7 Posted 17/05/2018 at 10:57:06
Martin, I think there was a plan but it was scuppered by Henry's unfortunate injury taking away both his playing time in Belgium and his ability to earn the appropriate number of international caps.
Steve Hopkins
8 Posted 17/05/2018 at 11:08:19
Andrew @7 I'm pretty sure he only needs to reside in Belgium permanently for a period of 3 years, no rules around number of games played or international caps, I think you're thinking of a UK work permit for footballers
Brian Wilkinson
9 Posted 17/05/2018 at 14:26:11
Fair play to the guy, Anderlect held him back from playing so that he would not get called up for the national team and get his visa in doing so.

They wanted the player next season and even threw away his chance of a call up.

From what I have heard, Everton will put more terms into his loan spell in Germany and for me, the teams in Germany are a step up from the Belgium league.

Paul Dewhurst
10 Posted 17/05/2018 at 14:57:18
If we are no longer in the EU then getting a Belgium passport would be irrelevant, get him in a better league
Liam Reilly
11 Posted 17/05/2018 at 15:28:34
If he has ambitions of playing in the PL then get him off to the Bundesliga quick smart as its a far stronger league than Belgium and will give a better indicator if he can make the grade.

Steve Hopkins
12 Posted 17/05/2018 at 15:37:12
Forgot about the implications of Brexit, in which case the move away from Belgium makes sense
Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 17/05/2018 at 16:44:12
Could someone clarify, the player in talks with Moenchengladbag pending agreement with Everton. Wouldn't Everton as his employer be leading on this or does that fall to whoever holds his registration and what is the current status of such.

Over to you Mr Brands.

Fran Mitchell
14 Posted 17/05/2018 at 17:26:11
Seems a good idea. Hopefully there he will up his game, and thus play in Nigeria's team and get a work permit.

Better than another season in a sub-standard league just to get a passport.

Germany is a country where many a young player has been trusted and thrived, so hopefully that will be the result, and in 2019-20 we will have a top top-class striker on our books.

Brian Wilkinson
15 Posted 18/05/2018 at 12:18:11
Latest reports say, because of the transfer fee and Champions League appearances, there is a good chance he could get a visa in the summer.

Everton are looking to loan the player out again but surely worth taking this to the Home Office to review???

Rick Pattinson
16 Posted 18/05/2018 at 20:49:10
We'll probably never get to see him in an Everton shirt.

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