Henry Onyekuru is the latest name to be linked with a move to Celtic during this January transfer window.
The Nigerian striker currently turns out for KAS Eupen in the Belgian top flight and has claimed there’s interest from the Scottish champions this week.
According to africanfootball.com, Onyekuru said: “A lot of teams have shown interest to sign me – from France, Germany and Turkey. Celtic are interested in me and they have tabled an official bid for me.”
So it looks like there’s solid interest from the Hoops for Onyekuru – and that should be pretty exciting for fans of the club.
Why? Well, let us explain:
He’s at the Right Age
At 19, Onyekuru should arrive on a long term contract which means supporters won’t have to worry about him being sold quickly if he’s a success. If Celtic want to continue building a strong, talented and exciting squad then signing players at this age is exactly what they should be doing.
He Can Play a Few Positions
From reports and match footage of Onyekuru, he can play anywhere across the front three positions – and that should suit Brendan Rodgers as he usually operates with three up front.
He Knows the Way to Goal
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Onyekuru got six goals as Eupen achieved promotion to the Belgian top flight last season and he’s followed that up with 10 goals in 22 appearances so far this term. He’s not Moussa Dembele – who seems to be able to score all different types of goals – and his style is more quality precise one and two-touch finishes in the box.
He’s Creative Too
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If he’s not scoring goals then he’ll be laying them on for his team-mates. He followed up two assists last term with six this season already and footage shows that he’s got a lot to his game outside of the box too.
He’ll be Cheap
Considering his age and the level he’s been scoring goals at, we’d be surprised if he was any more than the £2.8million Celtic reportedly spent on Kouassi Eboue. His age means that impressive form should see Celtic able to make a big profit on him whenever the time comes that he would be sold.
His Team-Mates Rate Him
Eupen defender Siebe Blondelle knows how good he is, saying, per owngoalnigeria.com:
“He has the qualities to play for Arsenal, aside from the Henry on the back of his shirt, they have at least another thing in common which is speed. I cannot keep up with him in training.
“Henry is so fast that he does not need to dribble, he just pushes the ball and runs behind.”
But will Celtic sign him? They’ve still got 10 days of the January transfer window left and will be confident they can at least do some deals between now and then.