Henry Onyekuru admits he may never play for Everton amid work permit concern

Nigerian footballer Henry Onyekuru has admitted that he would be open to the prospect of signing for Galatasaray on a permanent basis, should an opportunity arise. The striker joined Everton from KAS Eupen during the summer of 2017 after he enjoyed a fruitful season with 24 goals in all competitions.

However, he has since failed to make his Toffees bow due to work permit concerns and this has restricted him to loan spells – initially with Anderlecht and presently with Galatasaray. Speaking to Kralspor, Onyekuru has acknowledged that he is very pleased with his proceedings at the Turkish champions but he still envisages the dream of playing in the Premier League.

Despite this, he has said that a permanent move to Galatasaray could be a possibility, should the Toffees fail to come to terms with the work permit issues, he quipped: “I am very happy here. I love Galatasaray. My dream is to play in the Premier League, but I am having some problems with a work permit. No matter what the transfer is, a loan or a cheque. If Everton and Galatasaray agree, I will stay.”

“Onyekuru has impressed with the reigning Turkish champions with nine goals across all competitions and he recently bagged a hattrick for the Istanbul outfit“. On the contrary, Everton’s frontmen in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun have struggled for “consistency through the campaign“ and they have netted a combined nine goals among themselves.

While it may be unfair to compare Onyekuru’s exploits outside of the Premier League, the Toffees faithful would nonetheless have preferred having the additional option upfront, who could enhance the club’s prospects of finding the scoresheet. Richarlison has been the Toffees main source of goals this campaign and he has netted 11 times while largely featuring on the left side of the attack.