Nigerian forward, Henry Onyekuru, has said the “love” he has received from everybody at Everton will help him “recover even more quickly” from the knee injury he suffered, three days before Christmas, when he collided with goalkeeper, Hendrik Van Crombrugge, in an encounter with his former employers, Eupen.
The forward has been more than instrumental in helping his temporary employers climb the league table swiftly.
Onyekuru joined the Belgian top-flight team Eupen, before he was loaned to Anderlecht for the 2017/18 season.
The Nigerian forward made such a great impact in Eupen, scoring a total of 22 goals in the last season. His exploits are only matched Anderlecht’s super striker, Lukasz Teodorcyzyk.
Onyekuru rose from being just another guy on the block in 2015 to a swift ‘not easy to do away with’ striker.
The 20-year-old has impressed every single team he has featured for, and currently holds a scoring record of nine goals, in 14 league starts for Anderlecht.
Speaking to Evertonfc.com, Onyekuru said, “It is amazing here, the people are good people, always friendly and showing care. I feel love and with that love, I will recover even more quickly.
When I first got injured the whole picture was quite bad, but fortunately, it was not as severe as we first feared… so, hopefully, I will be back and ready to play before the end of the season.”
Onyekuru had thought that his injury would keep him out for long, and even cost him the world cup appearance for the Super Eagles, his diagnosis has softened since he returned to Everton to follow his rehabilitation programme, and he is hopeful of making a full recovery before the end of the season.
“The first aim is to get back and finish the season in Belgium. There will be a few weeks of the league season remaining, so it makes sense for me to end the season there and prepare for the World Cup.
When I got knocked by the goalkeeper, I felt so bad and was worried. But since I came here and started having my treatment I have been happy. I am smiling every day.” he added.
The 20-year-old is not just hoping to make a quick recovery, he also has plans to return to the pitch, and keep improving on himself through the guidance of Everton’s best, and from the experience, he’ll gather playing against top champions league teams.
“That is the big difference between Eupen and Anderlecht – when you play in a top club like Anderlecht you have to win,” said Onyekuru, who penned a five-year deal when he moved to Merseyside back in June.
Of course, you do lose some games but if you do… you have to lose fighting. That will help me cope with expectations at Everton” he continued.
“My main objective in Anderlecht was to do more than I did last season and to get that Champions League experience.
I am learning every day, so to play in that competition and against those teams was so valuable for me.
My first aim was to sign for a Premier League club. That has been my dream since I was a little boy.” He said.
“I had a couple of offers but I said to myself, ‘it has to be the Premier League’. It is not just the game, it is the passion people in this country have for football.
Everton is a club that wants to win and always fights. With the facilities, staff and coaches here, I think they can really help me develop even further” he concludes.
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