Were you expecting news on Leroy Sane? Well, too bad! According to journalist Colin Udoh, Bayern Munich have agreed a deal with English Premier League club Everton in principle for Henry Onyekuru. The Nigerian winger has been on loan at Turkish club Galatasaray, where he has scored 16 goals and registered six assists in 3,346 minutes this season.
Here’s the original source for the news:
But could still be upstaged by La Liga interest and at least one other EPL club.— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) May 22, 2019
Let’s forget about being “upstaged” for a moment here. Who the hell is Onyekuru? According to transfermarkt, he’s a right-footed left winger, but can play both sides. He has played 322 minutes in the Champions League and 173 minutes in the Europa League this season, failing to register a single goal or assist. That’s worrying.
In addition, he has played against Bayern Munich before — back in 2017, Anderlecht faced Bayern in the group stages, and Onyekuru came on as a sub in both instances. He did not score or assist in Europe that season.
To be honest, this report barely makes sense. Okay, Onyekuru is a winger who can score goals and play out wide, but he has no real pedigree outside of lesser leagues. The last time Bayern made a transfer like this was when we bought Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2015, and the outcome was decidedly mixed.
Let’s see how this plays out. If Onyekuru comes cheap, it won’t be an issue, but hopefully the bosses don’t think you can skimp out when trying to replace the likes of Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery. On the other hand, maybe he really is a diamond in the rough — after all, Joshua Kimmich was playing in the second division until Bayern signed him, Kingsley Coman was once rotting on the bench at Juventus, and Serge Gnabry had been deemed “not good enough” for West Brom.
Quality players will always have a place at Bayern — is Onyekuru one of them?