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Everton hints on spending big on Onyekuru

Everton Fc of England Director of Football, Marcel Brands, has revealed that the club would spend big to bring in a new striker, which most likely with Nigeria’s Onyekuru as the target.

The 21-year-old gave a timely reminder of his potential by scoring a brace for Galatasaray (the club he is on loan at from Everton) in their 5-0 thrashing of Antalyaspor on Monday evening.

The Nigerian striker moved up to 11 goals this season for the Istanbul club with a couple of second half efforts, netting their second and fourth of the evening in the 65th and 78th minute.

While his future with Everton remains unclear, the following words from Brands should encourage Onyekuru that a career at Goodison Park and in the Premier League remains a very attainable goal.

“I think we have a good squad and I am aware that the fans are asking if we can find a new striker who can score 20 goals,” Brands told the Liverpool Echo.

“I think we are a very, very lucky club in England that we have three players with great potential who are just 21-years-old.

“We have Dominic [ Calvert-Lewin ], we have Richarlison and we have Ademola [ Lookman ].

“And if I bring in a new player, a huge striker or a name, should I destroy one of them? It is also my goal to protect those boys. Everyone agrees with me that they have great potential and a great future.”

Onyekuru is set to return to Everton at end of the current season and is contracted to the English club until June 2022.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles striker has stated that, Galatasaray must win all their remaining games to stand a chance of defending their Turkish Super Lig title.

The Turkish champions are currently eight points adrift leaders Istanbul Basaksehir with nine games left to play in the Turkish Super Lig.

Onyekuru scored a brace for Galatasaray in their 5-0 thrashing of Antalyaspor on Monday which extended their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games, but the 21 year old believes the champions will need a miracle to wrestle the title from Istanbul Basaksehir.

“The matches are harder now but we must win our remaining games to stand a chance and hope Istanbul Basaksehir slip somewhere,” the Nigerian was quoted by Turkish website sporx.com.

“We have to win all our matches by playing 100% like we did against Antalyaspor. We want to continue like this in the race for the championship.”

Onyekuru also thanks his teammates for their effort in helping him end his goal drought of six games.

“If I’m scoring it’s down to help from my teammates, and I can’t do anything without them so I thank them,” he said.

“I’m happy for the goals and of course the three points. It’s always important for me to score always.”

Onyekuru, with 11 goals in 23 league games for Galatasaray, is fourth in the top scorer chart behind his teammate Mbaye Diagne (22 goals), Pappis Cisse who plays for Alanyaspor (12 goals) and Trabzonspor’s Hugo Rodallega (12 goals) in the Turkish Super Lig so far this season.

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