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Midweek struggles show Onyekuru needs to improve to make Everton cut

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Midweek struggles show Onyekuru needs to improve to make Everton cut

The Nigeria international is yet to make his debut for Everton.

Everton are battling to find their feet under Marco Silva following a relatively slow start to the Premier League season.

The Toffees have won just two of their opening seven fixtures and, scoring just 11 goals in the process, need to improve their ability in front of goal if they are to shine – and that could lead Silva back into the transfer market.

Last season, the criticisms surrounding Everton were about the fact that they failed to replace Romelu Lukaku after his mega-money move to Manchester United and that seems to be a concern again this year, as it is the player in wider positions who are impressing.

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That leaves the door open for 21-year-old Henry Onyekuru to grab the spotlight for himself at Goodison Park when he returns from a loan spell with Galatasaray but his struggles in the midweek Champions League defeat to Porto show there is work to be done.

 

Capable of playing across the front line, Onyekuru’s versatility may actually be his downfall as he battles to find consistency and, despite impressing in Turkey with two goals in three league matches so far, was not up to scratch in Wednesday evening’s clash.

Onyekuru’s pace and movement caused issues for the Portuguese side but he could not capitalise on the opportunities that fell his way, so there’s plenty for the youngster to improve upon.

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