Henry Onyekuru is the Everton player that always seems destined to never actually play at Goodison Park.
Having signed for the Toffees in 2017 from Belgian side KAS Eupen, the Nigerian winger has played a grand total of zero minutes in Royal Blue, and looks set for a third consecutive season away from Merseyside on loan unless Marcel Brands and Marco Silva decide it is time to cash-in on the winger.
Work permit issues have continually halted his bid to represent Everton, as Nigeria’s FIFA standing makes it a necessity that he features in at least 75 per cent of the Super Eagles’ fixtures over a two-year period.
Following his debut on the senior international stage in June 2017, however, the 22-year-old has added just ten further appearances to his name, having been overlooked for a matchday squad on ten occasions, missed a further two through a medial collateral ligament knee injury in 2018, and has watched eight games from the bench.
This summer’s Africa Cup of Nations was supposed to be his big break and a chance to add a further clutch of caps to his record, but twelve minutes in Nigeria’s Semi-Final defeat to Algeria were all that was handed to him.
Plenty of sides have been linked with temporary or permanent deals for Onyekuru this year, with clubs across Europe looking at his continual failure to obtain a work permit as reason to believe his Everton career may soon be over.
The forward recently dismissed a move to Russia, though, and the Italian media soon rubbished reports of interest from Napoli. Speculation of a move to Bayern Munich has often been detailed, too, but no advances have yet proven successful.
Some Toffees supporters feel 2019 should be the year that we part ways with Onyekuru, however, and have suggested the club could look to raise between £20m and £25million for the 22-year-old – money that should then be re-invested in a forward who would actually be able to represent the Blues next season.
The Onitsha-born forward has three years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park and earns a reported £31,000-a-week.
Here’s what these Toffees supporters have suggested Brands and Silva should look to do when it comes to Onyekuru’s future…