The Nigerian International currently plays for KAS Eupen in the Belgian First Division where he scored 24 goals in all competitions last season. In addition to the Hammers Onyekuru has garnered interest from Arsenal, Everton, Southampton and even Celtic FC.
The 19 year-old can also play out wide which is a trait that Slaven Bilic seems to like in his striker options. Rumors say it will cost somewhere between 7-10 million to bring the young man to the Premier League.
Surely West Ham fans will moan about this signing if we get him since it’s not Kelechi Iheanacho or Michy Batshuayi. However, this could end up being a great piece of business if his potential is realized.
He appears to have good scoring instincts, pace, and most of all he’s young. It’s tough to say if he would be able to play in the first team right away but he’s got a better chance at West Ham than Arsenal. However, since David Gold’s infamous tweet it might be difficult to convince Henry of that.
I think we all have to except that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a PL team full of seasoned international. dg https://t.co/R0c1SimdVr— David Gold (@davidgold) May 20, 2017
For the price he might command it may be in Slaven and the David’s best interests to give the lad a fair run out in the first team. Transitioning to the Premier League is difficult even for a world class player, how will a young man who’s played in a sub-par league make that jump? We don’t know but it seems like it might be worth the risk.