Galatasaray Desperate To Keep Onyekuru

Galatasaray are planning to sell Garry Rodrigues to fund a move for Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru in the summer according to a report on Turkish daily, Takvim.

The youngster is currently on loan with the Istanbul club due to work permit issues in England.


Onyekuru has impressed since joining Galatasaray scoring six goals for the Super Lig club in 20 appearances across all competitions and the Turkish newspaper, Takvim reports that the Fatih Terim’s side are looking at ways to sign him permanently.

According to Takvim, ‘English clubs’ are showing an interest to sign Garry Rodrigues without giving a specific name, which could mean revenue to sign the Everton loanee.

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Rodrigues has been linked with moves to Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in recent weeks and Takvim report the Turkish giants are looking to sell him.

It’s reported Terim prefers Onyekuru to the Cape Verde international and the Turkish boss believes the Nigerian is more suited to his style of play.

Onyekuru has made 20 appearances for Galatasaray all competitions this season, scoring 6 goals for the Super Lig club.

Everton are likely to value the player more than anything that Gala would be comfortable offering, and the 21 year old has made it clear on several occasions that he wants to play in the Premier League.

By Johnny Edward.

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  • gibson 3 years ago

    Quite unbelievable dat work permit issues are hindering a talented player like onyekuru playing for his preferred league.d national team shld help him chalk up d required 75% national team appearance to get d work permit.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    2019 Afcon is going to be interesting.
    What are the new ideas the coach will offer our Super Eagles team?

    Do we think Eagles will make us proud in Afcon or are we going to continue with excuses upon excuses?

    Do we think if Onyekuru is playing regularly at clubside Oga Rohr may changed his mind by giving him more time to play for Super Eagles?

    Onyekuru doesn’t have luck under coach Rohr. Don’t be surprised if Mr. Gernot Rohr stopped him from going to Afcon 2019.

    I am expecting the coach to woo players like Akpeyi and co for the Afcon but no doubt, Onyekuru should be among the names on the final list for the Afcon 2019.

    However, I said Nigerians should limits their expectations on the Super Eagles by winning the championship but they kicked against my opinion.

    Here are my another observations over the next year Afcon. The coach will reply on Ighalo which means the coach will close his door for any striker to come in.

    Points No2, I’m not sure if Mikel will make the list. They keep fooling Nigerians Mikel is injured.

    Points No3, same scenario would happened to goalkeeping department. Our dear coach will shut down the door to any new goalie to compete with Uzoho.

    Points No4, Mr. Rohr must strengthen the team and chemistry of the team before the tournament if we would have any chance to win the tournament. I hope coach Rohr and his disciples will do something spectacular comes in June 2019. I don’t want Russia scenario to repeat itself in Afcon.

    Any ways, I wish our Super Eagles and the coach the best of luck. No time for excuses. 2019 is a year of no excuses. Hmm…., 2019, year of reality. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Omo9ja, the coach is loyal to his players and the loyalty showed when Ighalo repaid it with goals galore becoming the highest goal scorer in AFCON. There is space for another out and out striker and I expect this to be an out and out battle between Osimhen, Stephen Odey, Isaac Success and maybe Iheanacho. We need two strikers in the squad to cater for system of play (4:4:2 or 4:2:3:1 or 5:3:2 or 3:5:2) or in case of injury to main striker.

      Onyekuru should make the squad on the left wing. But I fully expect Ahmed Musa to be the first choice left wing and Onyekuru to be second choice. But he will have to battle Moses Simon (another favourite of Rohr) for that position. Simon is said to be better at defensive duties however is more injury prone.

      And regarding Mikel, I expect him to make the squad and be an integral part of the first team. The problem we had was as he is getting older, the flights from China were affecting him more and more and contributing to his injury problems. It was taking him longer and longer to recover and did not make sense him flying in a few days to the matches, struggling to get fit, play half a game and then fly back out again.

      AFCON 2019 will be his final tournament with the super eagles (he will not feature for World Cup 2022) and he wants to finish it with hopefully a victory. He, Ighalo and maybe John Ogu will most likely retire from international football after AFCON 2019 making way for younger players.

      • Well said @BigD. I don’t even understand deo’s obsession with Akpeyi the guy has constantly disappointed. Well, I believe Onyekuru would make the Afcon squad, so will Mikel. Ihaenacho would also be there even though he doesn’t merit.

  • Mr.Pinick should stop ✋ bringing politics to our ⚽ football. Our national team coach,Mr. Rohr has open up and explain why we may find it difficult to win a match in Mr.Keshi Sport stadium in Asaba. He and his players don’t like the stadium because of the bad pitch. Meaning that our super eagles would have won the friendly match we played against Uganda but the bad pitch stop ✋ us. Mr. Rohr has stated that the high friendly match between super eagles and Egypt should not be played in asaba stadium because of the bad pitch rather he prefers The Nests of Champion Godswil Akabio International sport stadium in Akwa Ibom state.

    • Yet our nff president Mr.Pinick does not accept the opinion from our national team coach Mr.Rohr rather he still wants the match to be played in Asaba. My question is,if we fail to win that match in asaba who should be blame? I remember that this was the same thing that stop us from qualifying to 2006 world cup where nff purposely move our last match from Lagos to Kaduna. Our coach and our players where complaining of the artificial grass, the hot sun and the bad pitch. At last super eagles fail to win that match against Angola and we fail to qualify. At last our nff push all blame to our coach and sacked the young man. Bringing politics to our national football ⚽ will definitely kill the progress of our super eagles.

    • True @Elico. The pitch of the Asaba stadium is bad and large patches of grass uproot easily when playing, thereby turning the pitch into a semi-muddy one like an amateur rugby ground.

      But besides the fact SE players can’t express themselves well on the pitch, TV viewers can’t enjoy watching the matches either as all necessary cameras have not been installed for 360 degree view in that stadium.

      No aerial view for people watching on TV, no cameras behind the goal post, or above the stadium, side views or other key camera angles. Just ground side view by the substitute bench, and so limiting viewing pleasure for viewers at home and making the match seem like a rugby match. It suited Uganda very well. Typical African kick and follow football style.

      Pinick is an in-law to former Delta governor, Uduaghan who handed over to Okowa (as they agreed in 2009, Ibori to Uduaghan to Okowa). Uduaghan also helped him become NFF President while Okocha became Delta FA Chairman. So there’s a level of ‘paddy-paddy’ things between Pinnick and the Delta governor.

      Pinnick should wait until the Asaba stadium is 100% ready please, maybe the governor should get Julius Berger to finish up. Even the new Enyimba stadium is more standard, but just smaller.

      • You see why I love reading contributions on this site! Thanks Kel for that piece of information and insight in you piece above.

        These were pieces of information hitherto unknown to me. Thanks.

        Watching the Nigeria vs Uganda match, I wondered why we couldn’t see the match from multiple viewing angles – now I am wiser.

        Cheers Mate.

    • Elico, the state of the pitch did not hamper the Super Sagles any more than it hampered the Cranes of Uganda. There is a reason NO TEAM IN AFRICA have scored against Iganda in 2018, that is because they have a very organised first team, their defence knows what they are doing in front of the best goal keeper in Africa.

      The pitch was the same for both teams. Having said that, I agree the Asaba pitch and stadium is not up to standard and we as Nigerians need to stop this nonsense of “Oga manage am so”. It is this manage it that meant we used Asaba, however. The NFF moves matches around depending on which states sponsor the teams better. Which states will give accommodation and feeding to the players. The sports ministry has not remitted a penny to the NFF to prosecute matches so the NFF rely on FIFA money as well as sponsorship

  • You can’t blame Pinnick for rotating stadiums that’s the only way they would be able to pay the players. I blame the sport ministry for their nonchalance towards sport in Nigeria.

  • It shouldn’t come as a surprise to watchers of Onyekuru’s game that his stocks have gone high that he attracting interests from top leagues with Galatasaray keen to keep hold of him.

    Without exaggerating, he is one of the most gifted strikers from Africa with exceptional skills and talents. His ability to combine finesse, speed and power with goal scoring is breathtaking and quite unimaginable for a player of his little frame.
    On different occasions that I have watched his game,I couldn’t help but marvelled at the way he takes on his markers, going and ghosting past them effortless, without breaking a sweat, thanks to his nimble feet and and sleeky movements which he uses to great effects in difficult situations.

    From my study of his game, Henry is more dangerous in the final third, particularly on the left wing where he hold sway; he has the composure – the ability to hold his nerve – to pick out his man with the fineness of pass to wreck havoc in the box.
    His style draws comparison with Simon Moses who like him is crafty with excellent footwork, lovely skills and burning pace but poor finishing at times and at other times playing to the gallery are his major undoing.

    His heroic performance for Eupen in the Juplier league, where he ranked among the top goal scorers with 22 super strikes two seasons ago, was viewed by some critics as a mere fluke until Everton, out of the blues, coughed out 7m pounds to sign him up and his consequent loan spell with Belgian giant Anderlecht and now Galatasaray.

    Despite his limited game time with Galatasaray, his exploits and performance have not gone unnoticed to attract interest from suitors.

    Barring injuries and loss of form, Onyekuru is expected to make a big money move to top clubsides.

    Genot Rohr should do well to give him more game time to prove his quality.