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Henry Onyekuru has a real battle to rectify Everton career

Everton snapped up the Nigerian last summer, but he has had a tough 2018 so far.

Mathew Nash

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Last summer Everton made plenty of new signings. The club invested heavily in the first-team squad, with the likes of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson all expensive recruits for Farhad Moshiri to empty his pockets for.

Another new signing was that of Nigerian talent Henry Onyekuru. The attacker had just scored 24 goals in 41 games for KAS Eupen the season previously and had plenty of teams chasing his signature.

Everton eventually won the race, paying a fee reported to be in the region of £7 million by the BBC.

He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht, as he did not have the credentials to earn a work permit to play in the UK.

The hope for Everton was that Onyekuru would thrive at the Belgian giants. He would then go to the World Cup with Nigeria and receive his work permit as a consequence.

That has not proved to be the case. At first, it appeared the plan was working. Onyekuru scored nine goals in 26 appearances in the first half of the season, mostly playing from the left-wing. However, in December, he suffered a serious knee injury that left him out of action until April.

Now, Onyekuru risks become a forgotten man at Everton.

The injury scuppered his chances of playing for Nigeria this summer. Despite his return in April, Anderlecht were reluctant to play him and he no longer wants to stay in Brussels on a similar loan spell next season as a consequence.

His lack of first-team action saw the Super Eagles omit him from the World Cup squad.

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Without a UK work permit, he is set to find another loan club next season, with Borussia Monchengladbach linked by HLN.

Everton now have an entirely new structure to the one that first brought Onyekuru to the club and the Nigerian will need to produce some real quality next season to remain on the club’s radar.

He also needs to win back a place in the Nigeria squad, or Everton will never get the accreditation needed for him to play for the club.

This season has turned out to be a disaster for the £7m Everton newbie and it is not ridiculous to think he is now struggling to ever make an impact at Goodison Park.

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Everton fans react as Hirving Lozano puts Germany to the sword

The Mexican winger scored the winning goal and is being linked with Everton.

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Mexico have caused a World Cup shock by defeating Germany 1-0 in Russia. The player who scored the goal was Hirving Lozano, one of the players tipped by The Boot Room as one to watch at the World Cup.

The PSV Eindhoven winger put in a fine performance as Mexico put Germany to the sword. Throughout the game he left Germany’s excellent right-back, Joshua Kimmich, chasing shadows and his goal was a demonstration in poise.

Few fans should be surprised. ‘Chucky‘, as he is known, was incredible for PSV last season. He scored 19 goals and provided 11 assists for the Dutch side last season.

One team’s fans who were watching with interest were those at Everton.

Lozano has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park in recent weeks. He is a firm favourite of new Everton director of football Marcel Brands, who signed him at PSV.

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So his performance against Germany certainly impressed fans at Everton.

However, there was also a concern after the result.

Because now Everton fans are of the belief other teams will be coming in with better offers and the chance to play in the Champions League.

There was plenty of negative thinking from Everton’s fans, who are now afraid the talented attacker might head elsewhere.  

But with Brands’ influence, Farhad Moshiri’s funding and a strong link with his agent Mino Raiola Everton must keep the faith and hope that they can win the race for Lozano this summer.

Here is some of the reaction to his match-winning performance against Germany…    

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Everton round-up: Plattenhardt likely, Diop unlikely and Sigurdsson stars

All the latest news and gossip from Premier League side Everton.

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Plattenhardt set

Everton will hope to complete the signature of German full-back Marvin Plattenhardt, after the World Cup.

The defender will be hoping to be in action this afternoon, as Germany take on Mexico in Russia.

His future at current club Hertha Berlin is in doubt however and, according to the Daily Star, a £16 million move to Goodison Park should be on the cards at the conclusion of the tournament.

The 26-year-old is being targeted as a long-term replacement for Everton’s current full-back Leighton Baines.

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Diop to London

It appears Everton have missed out in the pursuit of Issa Diop. The French under-21 star had previously been linked with a £26 million move to Goodison Park. However, reports this weekend are suggesting the Toulouse star is heading to London.

L’Equipe report that West Ham United have won the race to sign the player this summer. The report claims that West Ham have agreed a €25 million (£21.9 million) deal to sign the player this summer, beating out further interest from Sevilla. The deal will be concluded early next week.

Gylfi cool as ice

Everton fans were left ecstatic yesterday with the performance of their midfield maestro Gylfi Sigurdsson at the World Cup.

The ‘Iceman’ was coolness personified as he thrived in his nation’s impressive 1-1 draw with Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

Considering he has only just returned from injury, Everton fans will be over the moon to see he has suffered no ill effect from the lay-off, as he put in a tremendous performance for the World Cup minnows.

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Blow for Crystal Palace as Juventus reportedly enter race for Patrick van Aanholt

Juventus are reportedly interested in bringing the fan favourite to Turin this summer.

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Crystal Palace‘s hopes of tying down left-back Patrick van Aanholt have taken a serious blow today, with ESPN reporting that Juventus are plotting a potential swoop for the Dutchman this summer.

The Italian champions are said to be drawing up a shortlist of potential candidates to replace superstar fullback Alex Sandro, should he leave for Manchester United in the near future, and the defender is said to feature highly on the wish-list.

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Van Aanholt emerged as a sensational attacking full-back last season, and orchestrated a number of vital wins for the Eagles during the latter half of the campaign. The ex-Chelsea defender bagged an impressive five goals and an assist in 28 appearances, as his side secured a comfortable 11th place finish, and Roy Hodgson will be desperate to keep him at Selhurst Park beyond the window.

The Eagles are already in the process of fending off Everton for the 27-year-old’s services, with Marco Silva registering his interest in the player last month (Daily Mail). But it appears the task will become a whole lot harder now the Serie A giants are in the mix.

As an attacking full-back by trade, Van Aanholt’s pace – registering the second-fastest sprint speed in the Premier League last term – and versatility, allow him to play anywhere along the left-flank similarly to Sandro, which suits Juve and Max Allegri, who has a knack of employing different systems and strategies regularly.

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The player’s current contract runs until 2021 with Palace and he has previously revealed that he is well settled and comfortable in south-east London. However, the prospect of moving to one of the world’s biggest clubs, who have just recorded their seventh successive Scudetto, would be incredibly enticing. And at 27, it could be the last chance for the former Sunderland man to secure a high-profile move.

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