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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru is keen to return to the English Premier League. Now at French club AS Monaco, work permit issues meant that he did not play a single competitive game for his previous club Everton.

Despite that setback he is still determined to fulfil his 'boyhood dream' of playing in the English premier league. The 23-year-old winger was on the books of Everton FC between 2017 and 2019, before his departure to French Liqué one.  

French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco snapped up Onyekuru from Everton at the end of the 2018/19 season. However, Onyekuru spent the second round of the 2019/20 season out on loan at Turkish giants Galatasaray.

Onyekuru first hit the headlines in the 2016-17 season when aged 20 as he scored 22 goals for Belgian top-flight team KAS Eupen, and he has revealed what he plans to achieve at Monaco in the new 2020/21 season

" We have our plans but then life brings its own plans, but I am still working on it, and hopefully I will be back soon, maybe not with Everton but surely in the Premier League,” Onyekuru told BBC Sport.

" I have been with players like Keita Balde from my days at the Aspire Academy, Cesc Fabregas is a top guy, who welcomed me when I arrived at the club, it’s like going back home.

" Monaco are a big club they know how to work with their players when it comes to transfers, just look at Anthony Martial, I hope to make a good season or two and hopefully the future will be bright.” he added. 

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However Onyekuru also admits that playing well with his club is no guarantee of a call-up to the Super Eagles. I don't think the national team is based just on performances at the club, the coach knows his first eleven," he explained.

" He (Gernot Rohr) is the type of coach who doesn't change when everything is going well. I'm there to contribute but hopefully I will get the chance someday."

" A lot of people might think I am not good enough (to earn enough caps), and don't know it had a lot to do with my injury, but that's what it is, I just have to keep working hard."

The winger was called up to the Nigeria team in 2017 by coach Gernot Rohr and he looked set to be part of the Super Eagles team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

However the knee injury he suffered while on loan at Anderlecht meant he was unable to prove his fitness in time for the World Cup and ultimately meant he did not make the required appearances for a UK work permit.
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