SCOUTING REPORT: Arsenal fan Onyekuru tipped for London Gunners

SCOUTING REPORT: Arsenal fan Onyekuru tipped for London Gunners
Henry Onyekuru

by Samm Audu

Thursday Dec 08, 2016. 13:04

A special scouting report compiled by renowned scouting agency Instat has tipped Nigeria forward Henry Onyekuru to go all the way to play for his dream club Arsenal.

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The 19-year-old Onyekuru and Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi have been picked by Instat among the biggest talent in Belgium for the current season.

The Nigerian forward, a left-sided midfielder whose stronger foot is his right foot, has scored seven goals for Eupen in their first season in the Belgian top flight.

The full Instat Scouting Report on Onyekuru -

Onyekuru was invited to Aspire Academy while he played for a small club (it was Josep Colomer, the current Eupen sports director, who found the player).

His gradual progress allowed him to move to Belgium where he became one of the top young players in Jupiler Pro League during the following season.

Henry supports the Gunners and Thierry Henry is his favorite player so it is quite easy to notice his similar playing manner. He is a left inside that pierces the opponent’s defense with his smartness and off the ball play.

Henry displays extraordinary dynamics as he exchanges short passes with his teammates. After he sends the ball, he immediately starts improving his position to receive a return pass. He is not afraid of taking the initiative (3 successful dribbles per match).

Onyekuru turns around, leaves his position, uses fake moves, knocks the ball forward and runs by his opponents. His final passes are not quite good though. The player is effective when playing on the same line with the defenders and taking part in the second chance attacks from the depth.

He finds the best moment for acceleration and gets into a shooting position (2 per match) as he takes quick decisions and poses threat at any distance. If Henry cuts down the number of mistakes made in ball control, he will be able to cause greater troubles for the opponent’s goal. After he loses the ball, he keeps on playing and tries to get it back. He can develop in defensive actions due to better positioning.

Onyekuru says his tactical knowledge needs improvement and praises his head coach as he gives excellent instructions.

This player has terrific physique (high pace and strong instincts) together with unusual technique and solid shot.

So Henry will get a chance to join his favourite club if he continues to improve his advantages as he did before.

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