Wednesday Jan 06, 2021. 15:00
Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru has insisted that he has no regrets over his decision to join English side Everton in 2017.
The 23-year-old winger was one of the best players in the Belgian First Division A during the 2016/17 campaign which saw him become joint top-scorer with 22 goals.
Onyekuru was linked with English giants Arsenal, but he joined Everton in June 2017 and he was immediately loaned to Belgian side Anderlecht following his inability to secure a work permit.
The skillful player also had a stint with Turkish giants Galatasaray in the 2018/19 season and he was then sold him to French Ligue side AS Monaco by Everton in August 2019 having failed to secure a work permit in the UK.
“The first dream is to play in the Premier League, it may not have worked out at Everton but I have no regrets about it,” Onyekuru told BBC Africa Sport.
“When I received offers from top clubs in England I knew back then that I needed a work permit to play. That it didn’t happen then has nothing to do with my talent but red tape that’s beyond my control.”
Onyekuru won the Turkish Super Lig title and Turkish Cup during his time with Galatasaray.
“I really wanted to go to Arsenal because I spoke to some people there as I was very young then,” he continued.
“It was obvious that I was not going to play without a UK work permit. So, I went to Everton and played in the Champions League through a loan move to Anderlecht.
“It was important for me to get more playing time and experience that I had hoped would help boost my chances of earning the permit,” he added.
“I can’t say I regretted this because I got to play against Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, this doesn’t happen to everyone.”
Onyekuru has struggled for game time this season at Monaco, having made just four appearances without scoring.