Henry Onyekuru

Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru (born 5 June 1997) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Süper Lig club Galatasaray, on loan from Monaco, and the Nigeria national team.

Henry Onyekuru
Personal information
Full name Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru[1]
Date of birth (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 23)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray
(on loan from Monaco)
Number 7
Youth career
2010–2015 Aspire Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Eupen 57 (28)
2017–2019 Everton 0 (0)
2017–2018Anderlecht (loan) 19 (9)
2018–2019Galatasaray (loan) 31 (14)
2019– Monaco 8 (0)
2020Galatasaray (loan) 10 (1)
2021–Galatasaray (loan) 11 (5)
National team
2017– Nigeria 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 January 2021

Club careerEdit

EupenEdit

Onyekuru began his football career with the Aspire Academy in 2010, and graduated in 2015 joining their partner club, K.A.S. Eupen.[2] He made his debut for Eupen on 5 September 2015 in a 2–2 tie against K.F.C. Dessel Sport in the Belgian Second Division.[3] Onyekuru helped the team get promoted to the Belgian First Division A in his debut season, and made his professional debut in a 3–0 loss on 30 July 2016 against S.V. Zulte Waregem.[4] After a successful season in the Belgium first division, Onyekuru finished as one of the top scorers in the league, catching the attention of various larger teams in Europe.[5] He finished the 2016–17 season as joint top-scorer with 22 goals, but the trophy was handed to Łukasz Teodorczyk as he scored more away goals than Onyekuru.[6]

EvertonEdit

On 30 June 2017, Onyekuru joined Everton for £7 million and was immediately sent on loan to Anderlecht.[7] Onyekuru had been handed the number 9 jersey at Anderlecht for the 2017–18 campaign.[8]

Having scored 10 goals in 28 matches for Anderlecht, Onyekuru suffered a knee ligament injury in December which would require surgery. Anderlecht announced surgery would be necessary and that he would be out of action "for several months".[9] In January 2018, it was reported that Onyekuru would return to Anderlecht after rehabilitation and full recovery.[10]

Loan to GalatasarayEdit

In July 2018, Onyekuru joined Galatasaray on a season-long loan.[11] The loan fee paid to Everton was reported as £700,000.[12] On 20 May 2019, Onyekuru was on the scoresheet for Galatasaray as they defeated title challengers İstanbul Başakşehir 2–1 to secure the Süper Lig championship for the second straight season.[13] The victory also meant that Galatasaray secured the domestic double having defeated Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Cup final the week prior.[13][14][15]

MonacoEdit

Having failed to ever secure a work permit in the UK, Onyekuru joined AS Monaco on a permanent transfer on 12 August 2019.[16][17] The fee was undisclosed (rumoured to be between £12-£15 million) and Onyekuru signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.[18]

Return to Galatasaray on loanEdit

On 5 January 2020, Onyekuru signed for Galatasaray, his former club, on a six-month loan with no option to buy.[19] He left after his loan ended in June, making a total of twelve appearances and scoring one goal.[20]

On 25 January 2021, Onyekuru once again signed for Galatasaray on a six-month loan, this time with an option to buy.[21][22]

International careerEdit

Onyekuru was called up for the Super Eagles camp in May 2017.[23] He made his senior debut for Nigeria in a 3–0 friendly win over Togo on 1 June 2017.[24]

After a strong 2018–19 club season with Galatasaray, Onyekuru was included in Nigeria's final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.[25][26] He played for 12 minutes at the finals, coming on as a late substitute in their 1–2 semi-final defeat to eventual champions Algeria.[27][28]

Onyekuru was invited by the national coach as part of the squad to face Ukraine in an international friendly on the 10 of September 2019.[29][30]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 2 February 2021[31]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eupen 2015–16 Belgian Second Division 19 6 0 0 19 6
2016–17 Belgian First Division A 38 22 3 2 41 24
Total 57 28 3 2 60 30
Everton 2017–18 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anderlecht (loan) 2017–18 Belgian First Division A 19 9 2 1 6 0 1[a] 0 28 10
Galatasaray (loan) 2018–19 Süper Lig 31 14 6 2 7 0 0 0 44 16
Monaco 2019–20 Ligue 1 4 0 0 0 4 0
2020–21 Ligue 1 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Galatasaray (loan) 2019–20 Süper Lig 10 1 2 0 12 1
2020–21 Süper Lig 2 3 0 0 2 3
Total 12 4 2 0 14 4
Career total 127 55 13 5 13 0 1 0 154 60
  1. ^ Appearances in Belgian Super Cup

InternationalEdit

As of match played on 25 January 2021[32]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2017 1 0
2018 6 1
2019 5 1
2020 0 0
2021 0 0
Total 12 2
As of goal scored 22 March 2019
Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Onyekuru goal.[32]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2019 Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Nigeria   Seychelles 2–1 3–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

HonoursEdit

Anderlecht

Galatasaray[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists". Premier League. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ PageOne (5 January 2017). "Henry Onyekuru - From National Stadium to Stardom - PageOne.ng".
  3. ^ "Dessel Sport vs. AS Eupen - 5 september 2015 - Soccerway". Soccerway.
  4. ^ "Zulte-Waregem vs. AS Eupen - 30 juli 2016 - Soccerway". Soccerway.
  5. ^ "Celtic, RB Leipzig eyeing KAS Eupen's Henry Onyekuru - Sources".
  6. ^ "Łukasz Teodorczyk królem strzelców". www.90minut.pl.
  7. ^ "Henry Onyekuru: Everton sign Nigeria striker and loan him to Anderlecht". BBC Sport. 30 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Incoming Everton striker Onyekuru handed new squad number". LiverpoolEcho. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Everton Youngster Onyekuru Set for 8-Month Spell on Sidelines With Knee Injury". Sports Illustrated. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Onyekuru returns to Anderlecht after recovery from Injury". The Guardian (Nigeria). 23 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Henry Onyekuru: Everton striker joins Galatasaray on loan". BBC Sport. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Everton's Henry Onyekuru joins Galatasaray on season-long loan". Sky Sports. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Nigeria striker Onyekuru thankful for Galatasaray double". BBC Sport. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  14. ^ "AKHİSARSPOR 1:3 GALATASARAY A.Ş." (in Turkish). TFF. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  15. ^ https://m.guardian.ng/sport/onyekuru-named-fastest-player-in-turkish-super-lig/amp/
  16. ^ "Henry Onyekuru: Everton sell Nigeria forward to Monaco". BBC. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Everton agree fee to sell striker on a permanent deal". SB Nation. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Henry Onyekuru: Monaco sign Everton forward on five-year deal". Goal. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Official | Galatasaray sign Henry Onyekuru on loan until the end of the season". Get French Football news. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  20. ^ Enes Calli, Muhammed (4 July 2020). "Henry Onyekuru leaves Galatasaray". AA.com. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  21. ^ "Yuvana hoş geldin Henry Onyekuru" [Welcome home Henry Onyekuru]. www.galatasaray.org (in Turkish). 25 January 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  22. ^ https://m.guardian.ng/sport/onyekuru-eager-to-extend-galatasaray-stay/amp/
  23. ^ "Onyekuru gets Nigeria call". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Internationals (Sky Sports)". SkySports.
  25. ^ "Nigeria announce provisional AFCON squad". Sport 24. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Nigeria name final 23-man Africa Cup of Nations squad". KingFut. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Osimhen, Onyekuru battle to replace Ighalo". Vanguard News. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Riyad Mahrez scored a last-second, stoppage-time free-kick to send Algeria into Friday's final against Senegal". The Guardian. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  29. ^ Fowowe, Solomon (14 August 2019). "Rohr invites two new players for Ukraine friendly". Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  30. ^ https://m.guardian.ng/sport/rohr-explains-decision-to-leave-onyekuru-on-bench/amp/
  31. ^ Henry Onyekuru at Soccerway. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  32. ^ a b "Henry Onyekuru". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 March 2019.

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