Onyekuru set for Anderlecht loan via Everton move

Tuesday 27 June 2017  111 Comments  [Jump to last]
Updated Hot Nigerian prospect Henry Onyekuru is set to sign for Everton and immediately be loaned out to Anderlecht for next summer.

The 20-year-old striker, who recently received a UK visa that looked as though it had smoothed a path to hold talks with Arsenal, appears to have signed in a £6.8m deal from KAS Eupen where he was joint-top scorer in the Belgian league last season.

He would still need full work authorisation to play in the Premier League, something that will be easier after another year playing on the Continent and accruing international caps for his country. He made his debut for Nigeria's senior team this month.

West Ham were also said to be serious bidders for Onyekuru's services and have reportedly been trying to get a £7m move for him over the line this month but if a world exclusive from SCORENigeria and the player's own Instagram account are any indication, Everton have swooped in to acquire him.

He is reported to have undergone a medical yesterday, with the transfer arrangements expected to be confirmed by the clubs involved shortly. Onyekuru posted a photo of him beside the large Everton crest at USM Finch Farm today on social media, effictively confirming the reports.

If it comes to fruition and he succeeds in playing for the Blues starting in 2018-19, Onyekuru will become the first of Qatar's Aspire Academy products to play in the Premier League.

Under the terms of the move, Onyekuru would be acquired by the Blues and then move to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on a season-long loan where he could continue his development.

SCORENigeria revealed that Onyekuru had signed a five-year deal with Everton but that he turned down a move to French giants Paris St Germain to secure a dream move to the Premier League that would also allow him to spend another year in Belgium with Anderlecht.

“I feel very happy and delighted with this move to Everton,” the player told SCORENigeria.

“I am delighted because my first target of signing for a Premier League team has materialised.

“It wasn't an easy decision to make for me, but with the advise of top players and proper studying of the other offers.

“It is a great deal for me.”

An unattributed quote, presumably from his agent, confirmed that PSG had come close to signing him:

"Henry almost joined PSG, they had agreed on terms and as a matter of fact, he passed a medical but before the paper work could be done, Anderlecht and Everton interest in signing him was much and as they offered a better wage, he opted out so as to move to England where he always wanted to play.”


 

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Peter Roberts
1 Posted 27/06/2017 at 07:35:51
Haven't we ploughed this farrow before with Henen? And has anyone seen this kid to work out if he's any good?
Aidy Dews
2 Posted 27/06/2017 at 07:40:22
If, and it's a big 'if', we do sign Onyekuru, could loaning him to Anderlecht be a bit of a sweetener to try and get Dendoncker?!
Joseph Terrence
3 Posted 27/06/2017 at 08:03:49
Aidy, Kristof Terrur (spelling?), a reputable Belgian journalist who covers the (Belgians in the) relatively extensively, said that Dendoncker will not be leaving Anderlicht this summer. I trust his track record, but the good news is that he has reported that we indeed are in for Onyekuru.

While the Belgian league is obviously not near the quality of the Premier League, his stats were very good, taking into consideration that he is only 20 and did not play for a top team. Let's hope we can get this deal over the line.

Drew Shortis
4 Posted 27/06/2017 at 08:26:42
Thanks to playing the Football Manager PC game, I'm now a part-time fan of Antwerp and try and keep up with their results. I also had a game as KAS Eupen, though in a version before Onyekuru was there.

The town is tiny (under 20k population) and in the German speaking part of Belgium, but the club are owned by the Qataris who also own PSG. They also own the Aspire Academy which used the club as a launchpad for its worldwide graduates (or you could look at it that Eupen use the Academy for loaning talented youngsters for free). This is a big part of the reason for their recent success with talent like Henry Onyekuru coming through.

They also have a number of good players coming through from all over Africa, but Henry is the standout. A move to Anderlecht would be a big step up in quality; if we can forge a relationship with these kinds of clubs, it could be a great source of talent for the U23s and long term produce a few first team players as our own academy is doing so well.

I wouldn't take the Henen deal as too much of a negative. Sometimes these gifted youngsters fulfill their potential and sometimes not. Everyone was looking at Ryan Ledson & George Green and along came Tom Davies instead. As long as we're not spending silly money then it's worth failing with a few Henens if we end up with the next African or European wonderkid somewhere down the line.

This is all part of building Everton back up into a top tier club. Look at Chelsea's and Man City's U23 teams full of talented youngsters from all over. I think our system of bringing through local talent is better as it will breed a stronger identity for the club and these players will have a bit more loyalty, but we should be looking to augment it with worldwide talent and let the cream rise to the top.

Tanvir Akram
5 Posted 27/06/2017 at 08:51:59
I thought Arsenal had signed him?
John Smith
7 Posted 27/06/2017 at 09:32:42
Similar deal to Henen, but Onyekuru has scored 10 times in 10 appearances. There was papertalk about Arsenal signing him, but apparently only West Ham were serious enough to put in a bid.

With Everton (maybe) being interested in him, looks like we have leapfrogged both clubs. A new experience for us, lol!

Anyway, Onyekuru received an entry visa for the UK last week, presumably to visit Finch Farm (hopefully).

That's not as powerful as a real work permit, though, so he has to play elsewhere in Europe, Belgium being the obvious choice. Anderlecht get a quality starlet for a year, and we hopefully get the next big thing the following season. A win -in in my book.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 27/06/2017 at 10:09:11
As Drew says, these moves don't always work out but are well worth going in for. Even if he doesn't prove ready for the Premier League, there's a decent chance you can sell him elsewhere and not lose much money over the deal.
John Smith
9 Posted 27/06/2017 at 10:47:12
Another Belgian paper is saying he has got a UK work permit now. Mon dieu!
Jim Knightley
10 Posted 27/06/2017 at 11:05:30
As others have said – you can't use a bad deal as a reason not to invest in foreign youth. Invariably a lot will fail, but one that really makes it pays for a lot that don't.

This is exactly what we need to be doing to breach the gap – investing heavily in top youth prospects from around the world.

Mike Berry
11 Posted 27/06/2017 at 11:15:22
The class of 2020 – or maybe sooner? And there's a chance we could have an excellent young team and much coveted thanks to the foresight of investing for the future.

I am all for this move.

Daniel Joseph
13 Posted 27/06/2017 at 12:52:08
Done deal – Sky.
Martin Nicholls
16 Posted 27/06/2017 at 12:52:29
Deal confirmed on Sky Sports.
James Stewart
17 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:03:01
Good business, a real shame he can't come straight into the squad. Surely we could have appealed his work permit status?
Chris Williams
18 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:04:44
It's being reported as a bit of a coup for Everton.

Fee of about £7m reportedly.

John Smith
19 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:07:20
£6.8million
Joe O'Brien
20 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:10:05
So it is definitely a done deal, Daniel? After beating a lot of teams to his signature.
Andrew Ellams
21 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:10:15
James, he'll get a lot more game time with Anderlecht and European football too. Maybe a year there will benefit him in the long run anyway.
John Smith
22 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:12:41
After years of losing target players to other clubs, it's wonderful to be finally in the position to spoil the party, this time West Ham. Their fans are feeeewmin over losing out to us!!!
John Newman
23 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:24:48
Sky Sports now saying the deal is done, he's going back to KAS Eupen on loan to sort his work permit out, so it will be interesting to keep tabs on his progression this coming season. Exciting time to be a Blue though!
James Morgan
24 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:37:41
Apparently West Ham fans livid they've missed out. Haha – nice work, Everton!
Jim Knightley
25 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:41:30
A fantastic buy - Arsenal were interested too, apparently.

This window gets better and better. My main anxiety is over Sandro – hopefully we can confirm him later this, or early next, week.

James Morgan
26 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:43:14
Jim, a La Liga journalist online earlier claimed Sandro will be announced tomorrow, likely in the morning.
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:47:54
The youth and young players system at Everton more than pays for itself and has done even before the days of Jeffers, Dunne and Ball; it will start to flourish even more now.

There will be failures but the success rate will continue to make it well worth the time and effort, plus it will be financially successful.

William Cartwright
28 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:48:14
What ever happened to George Green?

And is there any news on the development of the lad who was taken back on as a recovery plan from getting involved with drugs? (I forget his name...)

Sean Patton
31 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:51:37
Wow,we move quick these days – there was no hint this was imminent.

If the Sandro deal is just waiting to be announced and we get the young QPR kid, that will be 5 signings before 1 July.

I can't cope with this...

David Nicholls
33 Posted 27/06/2017 at 13:54:55
Jose Baxter!

Starting again with the U23 squad when pre-season gets underway, I believe.

Keith Slinger
34 Posted 27/06/2017 at 14:01:52
The BBC are stating he had his medical yesterday and it will be announced shortly.
William Cartwright
35 Posted 27/06/2017 at 14:06:25
No excuse for forgetting Jose's name! David, thanks for the update.

Mike Berry
36 Posted 27/06/2017 at 14:08:21
Folks, I know it's YouTube, but there is no denying his speed, skill and trickery in both feet.

A potential absolute steal and superstar, hopefully we see Ademola and Henry ripping defences to shreds next season.

Hugh Jenkins
38 Posted 27/06/2017 at 14:13:12
William ($21). George Green has truly fallen by the wayside, I'm afraid.

He was released by us last year and then went play for a local non-league side.

From there he was picked up by Burnley, but they have also released him at the end of this month.

Jay Wood
39 Posted 27/06/2017 at 14:14:07
To help William out, George Green's career continues to go down the tube and constitutes a very sad tale. See this article for example from the Guardian of a couple of years ago:

Link

After his loan spell at Tranmere, a very brief spell at Oldham (where, apparently, he confidently told his team mates he wouldn't be there too long as he was destined for greater things), he played just 4 games for Ossett Albion in the NPL Division 1 North (the 8th tier of English football) for a manager he said 'understood him.'

Sean Dyche and Burnley took a punt on him in 2015, but he never got a game for them either in the Championship or Premier League before last season being loaned out to first Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League and Salford City in National League North. I'm not sure if Burnley still hold his registration.

He hasn't helped himself, but quite possibly he didn't get the necessary support and help a kid of 15-16 needed either.

I presume t'other one refers to is Jose Baxter, who was released by Sheffield United after the (second?) of proven positive drug tests against him in 2-3 years.

Everton reached out to him and I believe he is still at the club, more in a youth coaching role than as a player, probably with the caveat he can join a club willing to take him on as a player again.

Two tales of 'what-might-have-been.'

Trevor Lynes
40 Posted 27/06/2017 at 14:21:08
Great ! But what about this season’s first eleven? I would be excited if we were in for Adrien Silva and a couple of ready made strikers who can go straight into the first team.We are being linked with lots of kids but the need is for replacements for Lukaku and Barkley. We have been begging for a gifted midfield general who can control the ball and pass accurately forwards. Until we get a player like that we will not progress.I still hope that Lukaku stays as his loss will be immense. Signing Sandro is a forward step in replacing Kone and Valencia but certainly not Lukaku. Let’s see some activity on those fronts.

Kris Boner
41 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:03:07
From the BBC ticker, it sounds like a £7 million deal.

A lot of money for someone if it's just a gamble.

Brian Furey
42 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:04:41
Brian Williams
43 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:07:27
This isn't a gamble. The lad is superb and can only get better. It's a year with Anderlecht for experience and development for when Lukaku leaves Everton at the end of next season. The lad'll then come in as a first team striker. ;-).
Gareth Clark
44 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:11:11
Kris #32

How is it a gamble?

First of all – £7mil is nothing in today's market!

Secondly – he was the top scorer in the Belgium league

Lastly – he's 20 years old...


I think he'll be a great addition. Although I'd like him to come straight into the team, I think a year at Anderlecht will be great for him and make him a much better player!

Tanvir Akram
45 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:14:46
This kid is class and has a lot of potential. Very skillful and fast. He will develop very well at Anderlecht and will get plenty of chances.

Next season, hopefully he will be even better. A steal for the price we paid! Great business.

Peter Barry
46 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:25:05
Don't know about you but I am getting a bit fed up with all these 'nearly' men...
Brian Furey
47 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:26:04
I've never heard of him before so I just looked him up online and wow he sounds exciting. He went from scoring 6 goals in 19 appearances last season to 24 goals in 41 games and joint top scorer this season at only 20 years of age. He has just turned 20 years old and already has a cap for Nigeria.

From his YouTube highlights he looks very fast and skillful and looks like a very exciting young prospect. It looks like we've beaten Arsenal to his signature

It's just a pity we can't get him for this season. I always feel that to sign a player and loan him out for a year often never works out in the end. Look at Origi for the RS.

John Otway
48 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:37:05
Hopefully Alisher Usmanov is taking note too!!
Brian Furey
49 Posted 27/06/2017 at 15:39:17
Just noticed that the guy he shared top scorer with was Polish striker Łukasz Teodorczyk who also signed for Anderlecht last year and so it will be interesting to see them playing together next season in the Champions League.

I wonder will we see Shani Tarashaj back in the squad this summer? He didn't seem to do too well in Germany.

The last year or so we certainly seem to have brought in a lot of players under 25 which is great.

David Ellis
50 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:08:19
Storming YouTube highlights – and to those that say everyone looks good on YouTube... well, Niasse didn't.

This young Henry is a very tricky customer – I can see him playing in a wide position, actually quite similar to Lookman in style.

Alan McGuffog
51 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:13:59
Serious question: Mike (#31), David (#43). I have missed something... Ademola and Henry? Who they?
Colin Glassar
52 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:22:44
If he's as good as Kanu was, I'll be chuffed.
Brian Williams
53 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:22:52
Our club is now being run in a very different way from how it's been run for a long time. Onyekuru is just one example. Widely accepted that other clubs (including Arsenal) were after him and for us to beat them all and have his immediate future planned and mapped out shows a shift in how we go about our business.

Other top youngsters are being brought in, or have already been brought in, and it's beginning to look like we have a focused outlook on the near to mid term future.

If we are successful in our pursuit of Keane from Burnley, I for one will be even more impressed. Pour cold water on it all you negative miserable types but this is definitely the early sign of the beginning of our journey to the upper echelons.


Jay Wood
54 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:24:11
Still waiting for official confirmation on this one on the club site, but never having heard of the boy before I searched out the obligatory YouTube compilation. It carries the usual caveat of 'beware of how good players look in a YouTube compilation' BUT! If you have 14 minutes to spare, it's not half bad!

At the start of the video it gives some stats and - as you will see - he is a Lookman-like short-arse, 1m 75. He just turned 20 - 5 June - so that means the YouTube compilation from the 2016-17 season he was just 19-years-old.

His default position is listed as left wing, but is right-footed, and his strengths are listed as pace, dribbling, flair and anticipation. Watch the video and you'll see why! His single weakness is described as teamwork, but when you see the passes he puts in for assists, that seems questionable.

He scored 22 goals in 38 league games with 9 assists, 2 goals in 3 Belgian cup games – and you can see him win 3-4 penalties in the video also.

Add to that that his team Eupen was playing its first season in the Belgian top league (they finished 4th from bottom) and his stats are even more impressive.

Interestingly, Eupen is used as a feeder club by the Qatar Aspire Foundation who also own PSG. Hmmm... a niggle of doubt why they wouldn't want to retain the lad with the future intention of promoting him to PSG.

But check out the video. If we have secured the lad for the price mentioned it looks more than a reasonable punt. He has a bit of the Alexis Sanchez about him if I had to compare him to a known player - and he's pretty decent!

He will certainly bring more 'productivity' that Koeman desires. He doesn't play with wing mirrors, looking backwards! He has one direction: FORWARD! And it's pedal to the metal ALL the time! There are 1-2 moments in the video where I had to replay it as I wondered 'how the feck did he do that/get out of that?!'

Pretty impressive I have to say, as someone who is always wary of YouTube player compilations.

Alan McGuffog
55 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:27:54
Oh yeah (blushes), I need to take more water with it... Nurse!!!
Kris Boner
56 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:35:19
Gareth, I did think about editing my post to clarify what I was actually going for, but it was more a comment that this kid is to be judged very differently from the other U21 players we seem to be picking up because £7 million is a fee that demands attentions, rather than say the couple of million we may spend on the QPR winger.

Some of the previous posts were talking about youth players that didn't make it etc...

Barry Williams
57 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:39:35
I can't understand the comparison to Henen except in some aspects of the deal.

Different management team, different scouts, different player. Why are people so negative?

David Barks
58 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:41:31
Brian,

We've been signing youth players for years and years. Did you miss the signings of Stones, Holgate, Henen, Tarashaj, Rodriguez, Vellios, Francisco Junior, Galloway, Sam Byrne, Matthew Kennedy, Ben McLaughlin, Magaye Gueye.

All youth signings with "great promise". As with all youth signings, only a small number actually make the step up.

Ary Lima de Moraes
59 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:45:20
I wish we could keep him this season. We might need him for UEL. It looks like we'll have more scoring oriented wingers (Lookman, Mirallas and him) than wide playmaking wingers.
Brian Williams
63 Posted 27/06/2017 at 16:54:59
Jay I looked at a lot of the YouTube footage and it's fair to say he's not the finished article but you can't teach natural skills and the lad has those in abundance for sure.
Mike Gaynes
64 Posted 27/06/2017 at 17:20:12
Jay, thanks for posting. The kid certainly does have electric pace, doesn't he?
Steavey Buckley
65 Posted 27/06/2017 at 17:35:08
I would like more transfer action for the present first team. That's if Everton are serious about challenging for a top 4 place in the Premier League next season.
Thomas Surgenor
66 Posted 27/06/2017 at 17:39:30
Never heard of him before. Watched the video Jay linked and he seems to have very quick feet!
Don Alexander
67 Posted 27/06/2017 at 18:05:21
Looks like he might be related to Thierry H if you watch YouTube. Here's hoping!
Dave Abrahams
68 Posted 27/06/2017 at 18:14:13
Can he play without that loud music, seriously he looks very good.
Jay Wood
69 Posted 27/06/2017 at 18:24:16
Turn the sound down and put on some of your 78 rpm records Dave.

Or... are you more a classic wax cylinder man?

I know it's YouTube, but he does look pretty decent given his age and the level of team he plays for, doesn't he?

Keith Owen
71 Posted 27/06/2017 at 18:59:38
Good business – the price paid for a very talented player compared with the money we have just collected from Watford for Cleverley. It's a no-brainer.
Now we need to recoup the McGeady money from Preston and the Niasse money (from Burnley?) to put another £10 million in the coffers.

A swap of Keane & Gray for McCarthy and Niasse??

Dave Abrahams
72 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:03:14
Jay (69), gave them away when I got my iPad; I get all the music I need on that.

Yes, Henry looks like he has great potential which hopefully he will turn into an outstanding talent when he comes to Everton for the 2018-19 season. I like his name as well, nice and easy to remember... Henry – does it remind you of anyone?

Eugene Kearney
73 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:04:36
Another signing for the future.

Things are starting to get very interesting and very exciting about Everton Football Club.

;-)

Chris Williams
74 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:07:12
Dave, got a great CD by Hoagy Carmichael for pennies.
Jason Broome
75 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:13:16
Jay Wood, nice video.

A very good find and with the possibility of Dembele, Sandro and hopefully Giroud we could have the makings of the best forward line up since Sharp, Heath and Lineker.

Hope he gets the Number 14 jersey with Henry on his back.

William Cartwright
77 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:40:40
He looks a bit too fast to me, is the video being played at the right speed? He could prove very useful if they introduce the shorter playing time I've been hearing about ...
Dave Abrahams
78 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:52:10
Chris (74) Hoagy Carmichael, great entertainer, most of his hits were different styles, loved him in films as well, playing and singing from his piano. Not a bad character actor; you'll have plenty of good listening with that.
Chris Williams
79 Posted 27/06/2017 at 19:56:10
It's excellent Dave. I saw him in To Have And Have Not recently and he sang Hong Kong Blues. Went and found a CD on Amazon. Second hand but good condition. Superb.
Dave Abrahams
80 Posted 27/06/2017 at 21:00:31
Chris, great film from long ago with some of my favourite actors in it, Bogart and the young Lauren Bacall along with Hoagy and the great Walter Brennan, a film with a good story portrayed by actors who knew how to act and spoke every line clearly.

And by the way it was only about a shilling (5p) to get in, that's if you paid.

Dermot Byrne
81 Posted 27/06/2017 at 21:03:08
Stupid signing. Watched video. Great pace and goals but no headers.

Seriously, great to watch and quick mind as well as feet. Well chuffed.

Tanvir Akram
82 Posted 27/06/2017 at 22:37:07
His skills and pace is just amazing!
Joe O'Brien
83 Posted 27/06/2017 at 23:06:50
Been pictured with the club badge... looks a done deal..
Iakovos Iasonidis
84 Posted 27/06/2017 at 23:13:23
I really like this one. Just for the fun for those who are familiar with the game...https://sofifa.com/player/234045
Anthony Dwyer
85 Posted 27/06/2017 at 23:16:27
I'm buzzing with this new style transfer policy we seem to have in place.

We buy young talented players and allow them to join sides were there comfortable. I suggested a similar approach to Michael Keane in January were as we pay for him (before his call up), we would have got him for £15m tops and had the lad in place for £10m cheaper than he's currently going to go for.

This lad looks talented but raw, signing him now and loaning him to the biggest team in the country he is already comfortable in is perfect for all concerned.

Dan Davies
86 Posted 27/06/2017 at 23:22:29
Yeah, I've just seen him smiling underneath a big Everton badge. Looks a done deal.
Dan Davies
87 Posted 27/06/2017 at 23:30:30
That was the HITC website, Colin Glassar, by the way!
Jay Wood
88 Posted 27/06/2017 at 23:40:18
A Belgian sports journalist on Twitter posting photos of Henry, allegedly on board a private jet with his agent and posed in front of an Everton badge, presumably at Finch Farm, where (again, allegedly) he underwent and passed a medical on Monday.

A good Photoshop job if fabricated.

Link

Jamie Sweet
89 Posted 27/06/2017 at 00:38:07
I am extremely excited to see us mount our title challenge in 2020!
Paul Kossoff
90 Posted 28/06/2017 at 00:58:59
Everton will beat Manchester United to the £25m signing of Burnley and England defender Michael Keane. The 24-year-old will complete his transfer to Goodison Park in the next few days. – The BBC. Apparently.
James Flynn
91 Posted 28/06/2017 at 03:01:37
Just watched the video.

If this kid doesn't define "electrifying"; what 20-year old youngster does? Jesus.

Get him in.

Leave him to his loan-out season; then straight to Goodison.

Regarding the video, a few things:

The number of defenders who simply gave up and kicked him down.

Given his size:

The times he either hand-fought the defender off or bounced off him. All while maintaining possession and attacking!

On the negative, Henry might not possess Delboy's "insane, blistering counter-attacking pace." Or ball-skill, or diving and arm-waving ability (He's young yet, Henry is).

Perhaps not a fitting replacement for Deulofeu.

Fingers crossed and we'll see.

Paul Kossoff
92 Posted 28/06/2017 at 05:01:23
James 91, "On the negative, Henry might not possess Delboy's "insane, blistering counter-attacking pace." Or ball-skill, or diving and arm-waving ability (He's young yet, Henry is).

Perhaps not a fitting replacement for Deulofeu."

Are you kidding? I've just watched his video and he beats Del boy hands down in all departments! I've not seen a more talented player than Henry in years!

It's just a pity that he's not here for this season, we have no one better than him at the moment. I can't wait to see him play for us.

John Smith
93 Posted 28/06/2017 at 05:35:16
According to a Mercato Sport representative Onyekuru will earn £37k a week.

During the course of his one-year deal with Anderlecht , the Belgium side will pay 40% of his wages with Everton having the option of terminating the loan deal or recalling him in January (assuming his work permit occurs).

Basically Everton are trying to bring him here ASAP.

Ajay Gopal
94 Posted 28/06/2017 at 07:17:04
Wow, very exciting times to be an Evertonian. If we can get him in January as John Smith (93) says, that would really give a rocket boost to our 2nd half of the season.

Hoping and praying that the Sandro and Keane deals work out. Personally, I would like Deulofeu and Barkley and McCarthy (but fully fit please) to stay. In that case, I would like the club to shed: Mirallas, Lennon, Besic, McGeady, Niasse.

And get in 1 classy creative mid-field/winger - with Lukaku leaving, use the money to bring in a top MF and a top Left Back - cheeky bid for Shaw? (Baines does not cut it anymore)

This is how we could line up at the end of next season:

Pickford
Kenny Keane Williams Shaw
Gana
Klaassen Schneiderlin Barkley
Onyekuru Sandro

2nd Team:

Robles
Holgate Jags Funes-Mori Baines
McCarthy Barry Davies
Deulofeu Lookman Bolasie

Can't wait for the season to start!

David Ellis
95 Posted 28/06/2017 at 08:05:13
Ajay (#94) – In your end-of-season line-up, have you sold off Coleman as well in the January window?? Otherwise I think he might pip Holgate to the reserve right back position (at least)?

Also I don't think we will start with players like Sandro and Lookman or Onyekuru down the middle. We will need Lukaku or a replacement with a bit of physical presence.

I suspect we will have a 4-3-3 which means Gana and Schneiderlin as holding midfielders with Klaassen in front of them. The width then comes from the attacking full backs and wide attackers like Sandro, Lookman and Onyekuru or Bolasie.

So my line up would be:

Pickford
Coleman Keane Jagielka Baines
Gana Schneiderlin
Klaassen
Bolaise Lukaku Sandro

James Marshall
96 Posted 28/06/2017 at 10:33:03
I like this kid too – not just his YouTube highlights, but him posting photos of himself with the Everton crest behind him before the club officially announce it... although didn't Niasse do something similar?
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
97 Posted 28/06/2017 at 10:45:27
Ajay #94 - "shed Lennon"

We are Everton. We do not do that.

Aaron's contract expires at the end of next season. Yes, it will cost the club money but a person's mental health is worth more. I think the club should support him until then end of his contract.

If he is mentally fit enough to play, then loan him out – why not to places like Tranmere, Chester, Southport where he can play just for the fun of playing because he should be more than just one class above the rest of the players.

But what we should not do is "shed him" like a unwanted toy. He is a human being, a fragile human being at the moment.

Steve Ferns
98 Posted 28/06/2017 at 10:55:43
I like the sentiment there, Phil.

I also think he can bounce back strong. If Alistair Campbell can bounce back and go on to bully MPs, newspapers and everyone he meets (See "The Thick of It" for the caricature) then no reason why Aaron can't recover and get back to what he was, or even stronger mentally.

I wouldn't give up on him. I really see a top class wing back in him and would love to see him have a long run at it.

Brian Furey
99 Posted 28/06/2017 at 11:33:31
Has anyone any news on why he was loaned to Anderlecht?

Did Everton offer him to them because he would get Champions League experience or I wonder were they also chasing him?

I really hope he can join us in January as that will really give us a big boost. If he plays Champions League for Anderlecht can he still play in the Europa League for us in January/February if we're still in it?

James Watts
100 Posted 28/06/2017 at 11:36:30
I've read it's down to work permit issues Brian. He's only just made his debut for Nigeria therefore needs more caps to get clearance. So in another 12 months he should be heading out way. Wouldn't imagine it will be in January as it's a season-long loan.
Dave Abrahams
101 Posted 28/06/2017 at 12:04:49
I would love to see Aaron Lennon back in an Everton shirt. I hope he is getting the help he needs and deserves. I don't want to pry too much just hope he is improving with his life at the moment.
Tom Bowers
102 Posted 28/06/2017 at 12:26:18
Almost July and things are hotting up. I am sure there are irons in the fire and more changes will happen soon especially with Europa League and pre-season games coming up.

Like the the rest of us Moshiri will be expecting big things from our club next season but we have been doing that since the Eighties, have we not?

If they can get the central defender and target forward sorted soon, I will feel more confident, and all the other issues regarding peripheral squad players can wait.

James Flynn
103 Posted 28/06/2017 at 14:23:27
Paul (92) - I was joking.

Someone in the Delboy thread referred to his, "insane, blistering counter-attacking pace", which he simply doesn't possess. Or if hen does, he must be saving it for some special occasion.

With all the push and pull in here regarding Geri's merits, " insane, blistering counter-attacking pace" should never be part of the discussion. But the phrase just stuck with me.

Looking at the video Jay posted, I thought, "Now THAT'S insane, blistering pace." And, so, my joking.

Looking at the video, another comparison is how this boy Henry FIGHTS for possession of the ball. Not jumping out like Delboy always does.

Gerard out and Henry in? All day long for me.

Olalekan Taofik
104 Posted 28/06/2017 at 14:51:57
The young Henry is a star of the future and likely to be a big player for us soon.
Steve Ferns
105 Posted 28/06/2017 at 16:01:27
Geri isn't fast. He has fast feet, and he runs closer to his top speed when in possession of the ball than most, but he isn't fast over 50 yards. In fact we have few that actually are. Coleman is probably our fastest first team regular.
Raymond Fox
106 Posted 28/06/2017 at 16:10:36
He certainly looks a bit special going off those clips.

As long as he can handle the off-field shenanigans, he look a good punt.

Ray Roche
107 Posted 28/06/2017 at 16:24:09
Funny Steve, Geri was interviewed some time back and said that Seamus was almost as fast as he was but no-one else came close! Maybe just in short sprints?
Ray Roche
108 Posted 28/06/2017 at 16:27:24
James Watts #100

"I've read it's down to work-permit issues." Yet he can play in another EU country but not here? Just shows what a joke the EU has been when some things are required in some countries yet not others. And they bang on about standardisation.

Mike Gaynes
109 Posted 28/06/2017 at 16:59:15
Ray (#107), must be. Over 50 yards, both Rom and a healthy Bolasie are faster than either Seamus or Geri.

Of course, just two years ago, the paciest player in the entire Premier League was a fella named Jagielka.

David Ellis
110 Posted 28/06/2017 at 16:59:54
Ray - he's a non-EU national so Belgium can apply its own rules as to whether he can play there or not... and why shouldn't they? I am confused by your sentiment here.

If he were an EU citizen then he could play anywhere in the EU – so yes, there is standardization, and there is a whole of hassle it removes.

Tony Abrahams
111 Posted 28/06/2017 at 17:24:22
Good thread, very interesting point of view by Ste Fearns regarding Aaron Lennon, and what is there not to like about this kid?

Honestly reminds me of a young Rooney, watching those clips, and I just hope that a contract of £37k a week doesn't distract the kid from what he does best. He looks like a really great find; I'm already looking forward to watching both him and Sandro, playing for the mighty Everton!

John Daley
112 Posted 28/06/2017 at 18:04:35
"Interestingly, Eupen is used as a feeder club by the Qatar Aspire Foundation who also own PSG. Hmmm... a niggle of doubt why they wouldn't want to retain the lad with the future intention of promoting him to PSG."

It seems he was all set to join PSG (apparently they agreed terms and he passed a medical) before news of the Everton deal unexpectedly broke, hence why they are supposedly a bit pissed off with him.

An ever reliable "source close to the player" puts his sudden change of heart down to a desire to play in England and the fact Everton "offered a better wage"... (Link).

To balance out all the rich praise he's been receiving on this thread (on the back of what amounts to a brief but impressive show reel) it seems there have been a few question marks raised about his attitude in his brief career thus far. He has been described as "selfish", "not a team player" and actually went AWOL for a period last season. He was seemingly so desperate to join Celtic back in January that he pulled a disappearing act for a few games (effectively going on strike) in protest over his club refusing to sanction a move mid-season.

Not that I'm worried or anything. Just like I wasn't worried when we were linked with 'not me behind the wheel' Niang or the 'not me behind!' bad bell from Burnley.

After all, it's not like the probingly thorough and inquisitive "character" checks Steve Walsh promised his team would be conducting into potential targets can be bypassed as easily as those of that fat bloke who was almost struck completely blind by the sight of Catherine Trammel's bearded taco in Basic Instinct, is it?

Nah.

Being proactive, getting in first and taking a punt on young, exciting but raw prospects with the potential to be special, before the so called big clubs can scoop them up and add them to their galley of 'kids we groomed earlier', is something I've long thought could be the only way of making up real ground on our former peers who pegged it away and left us choking on their fumes too fucking long ago.

So, Yeah. I'm all for this.

Ray Roche
113 Posted 28/06/2017 at 18:15:55
David Ellis (#110),

I stand erected.

Ray Roche
114 Posted 28/06/2017 at 18:19:43
David Ellis #110

Sorry, David, it went off in my hand!

Seems a bit of a contradiction there, "If he were an EU citizen then he could play anywhere in the EU – so yes there is standardization" yet " Belgium can apply its own rules"?

Either the same rules apply to all or .just seems a bit strange.

Jay Wood
115 Posted 28/06/2017 at 18:42:02
John @ 112. Thanks for that snippet, filling in some gaps on the 'niggling doubts' I had.

This remains pure speculation until the official club photo shoot of the lad in Everton colours at Finch Farm, but I thought it strange that PSG didn't take up the option of Qatar Aspire's (probable) best talent at their feeder club, Eupen.

Presumably it was the QA/PSG combo that scouted, recruited and placed the lad at Eupen, with a career path mapped out for him to progress to PSG if any good, or sell him on at any price if he didn't pull up trees.

I'm a tad surprised, if your linked report is true, that QA/PSG weren't astute enough to include a contract clause that would prevent the (still only rumoured) kind of coup Everton has (allegedly) pulled off.

As for a 19-year-old, far away from home, being considered 'selfish' or getting a cob on for not getting his own way, I don't think that is necessarily a character flaw. Rather, I think it is obligatory forall 19-year-olds!

Like you, I believe this is the sort of player we should be targeting: 'getting in first and taking a punt on young, exciting but raw prospects with the potential to be special, before the so called big clubs can scoop them up.'

I mostly take a holiday from TW during the transfer season, but I doubt any one who watches Henry's video will fail to be impressed. He has a helluva lot to his game for one so young.

David Currie
116 Posted 28/06/2017 at 21:38:06
Happy with Henry signing, another young hungry player with speed, skills and goals. We have bought well so far, now get Keane and Sandro done by next week.
Paul Birmingham
117 Posted 28/06/2017 at 22:20:27
Good move and this should provide great potential very soon, me thinks he will be fast tracked and will be too good to leave out the first team squad, or at least knocking on the door. I'm looking forward to watching Unsie's team next season.

nb: Does any one know what is happening with Donkor, who started bright last season late on for Unsie's team and got injured?

The lad looks a natural footy player with pace. Now for Sandro, and some more.

Alexander Murphy
118 Posted 28/06/2017 at 23:24:13
Enjoying our new acquisitive approach, just generally.

Or, are we simply more better informed? Or both.

However things truly are, I feel encouraged. More upward looking, less apologetic, in fact just not bloody apologetic at all.

Even being talked about not as aspiring giants, or even awakened giants, but returning giants? Yes, I heard this on the radio in my van...

"Returning Giants Everton."

Tell me just how many times have any of us heard that in the last two decades?

Jason Broome
119 Posted 29/06/2017 at 01:02:02
Reminds me of a young Henry. I can't believe Arsene let this one slip out of his hands.

All this talk about a £100 Million rated Mdappe and we sign this kid for £7 Million!?

Over time the Arsenal sides of old boasted of Wright, Berkamp, Anelka and Henry. I'm seeing something evolving at Everton which excites me like their golden age.

I'm hoping we sign Dembele (20) and Giroud (30) or a young like for like player. Along with Sandro (21) and Onyekuru (20). That is a front line that one day could give pause to almost any opposition in the Premier League if not Europe.

Bob Hannigan
120 Posted 29/06/2017 at 11:19:38
Cheeky little bastard! Welcome on board.
Brian Furey
121 Posted 29/06/2017 at 14:54:11
I know Giroud is 31 this September but his goal-scoring record has been very consistent, especially considering he rarely plays a full 90 mins. He scored 16 this year in 39 games and 24 last year in 53. He scored 6 international goals in 2017 and 8 the year before.

Considering how well Defoe and Zlatan are doing in their 30s, I think he would be well worth a gamble on. It would be very annoying to see him move to West Ham and having to watch him do well there as they could well be one of our rivals again next season.

Andrew Ellams
122 Posted 29/06/2017 at 15:06:35
The likes of Klaassen and Sandro point to an intended change in style, well to me at least, and I'm not sure if Giroud is somebody who would fit in. These guys (Davies, Lookman etc) are all very mobile and quick and Ronald seems to be building a team in a similar style to the one that Rodgers took to 2nd place.
Chris Gould
123 Posted 29/06/2017 at 15:11:58
I agree, Andrew. I think he'd be a good option for Plan B, but he would only come if guaranteed first-choice striker. He won't be short of offers if he does become available.
Chris Gould
124 Posted 30/06/2017 at 16:19:55
Onyekuru has signed, it's just been confirmed. Excellent news.

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