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Middlesbrough In Talks To Sign Onyeka On Loan

Middlesbrough In Talks To Sign Onyeka On Loan

Middlesbrough are in talks to sign Brentford Nigeria midfielder Frank Onyeka on a season-long loan.

Championship club Middlesbrough have allowed midfielders Marcus Tavernier and Martin Payero to depart the club this summer, whilst last season’s loanee James-Lea Siliki returned to his parent club.

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During the window so far they have brought in just one midfielder to replace the outgoing trio, with Alex Mowatt signing from fellow Championship side West Brom.

And according to Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas, Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder is now ready to address this problem position with the acquisition of Onyeka.

Having signed from Danish side Midtjylland last summer, the 24-year-old has gone on to make 21 appearance in the Premier League for the Bees. However, he finds himself down the pecking order, playing for just 10 minutes in the current campaign.

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Boro have now entered into talks with the player ahead of a proposed season-long loan deal, as the Teessiders look to get the player signed ahead of the transfer deadline later this week.

Middlesbrough are lacking in midfield as things stand. Wilder has preferred to play with four central-midfielders, but there are only five names at his disposal, one of which is Paddy McNair who the Boro boss prefers to play in the back three. Therefore the signing of Onyeka would give more competition for places.

After moving from Nigerian club FC Ebedei to Midtjylland in Denmark in January 2016, Onyeka established himself as part of the club, and on 20 September 2017 he made his first-team debut in the Danish Cup in a 7–0 win over Greve Fodbold where he also scored.

Onyeka went on to make his Danish Superliga debut for the club a few months later in the club’s 2017–18 campaign in a match against AC Horsens on 9 February 2018.

There, he also scored, and was a key part in the 2–0 win. Onyeka distinguished himself again in the next fixture, on 18 February, against the leading Superliga team from FC Copenhagen, where he scored his second league goal for the club at the right winger position as Midtjylland beat the capital side 3–1.

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  • MONKEY POST 7 months ago

    Oh my GOODNESS!!!

    Instead, why can’t BARCELONA, MAN U, BAYERN, PSG, INTER hold talks to sign HIM on LOAN?

    Why MEDIOCRE keep happening to our players all the time?


    • Tristan 7 months ago

      Maybe they’re all stupid and unambitious like you think or something else is dictating their moves.

  • Abdul Handsy 7 months ago

    This guy is not good in his position at all to the liking of Brentford coach. It was like he was bought without proper comprehensive scouting report on him.

    This modern day defensive midfielders are not only meant for shielding the midfield alone but also, you have to be able to carry the ball, drive the ball, roam with the ball, sublime passing abilities as well as good shooting abilities in addition to tackling, ball recovery and shot blocking.

    Onyeka do not have those aforementioned abilities and he is even slow in moving out the ball from danger zone quickly. Onyeka’s tackling are always somehow rough too.

    If you have really watched the likes of Onyedika and Yusuf, you will understand that those two guys will form the best Nigerian defensive midfield asset for ages… Those guy posses the exact modern day defensive midfield machineries!

    The best Nigerian defensive/ central midfielders of today are:

    1. Iwobi….. Everton
    2. Ndidi….. Leicester
    3. Aribo….. Southampton
    4. Onyedika…Club Brugge
    5. Yusuf……Royal Antwerp
    6. Ishaq…… Anderlecht

    Others for today are just management.

    • Greenturf 7 months ago

      The best?And you forgot to mention a certain Oghenekaro Etebo?His combo with Iwobi in our last international was a beauty.
      Certainly he’s one of our best today.

  • Abdul Handsy 7 months ago

    Greenturf: I would have put Etebo on the list but the guy is not inform as he hasn’t played at all since that match you just talked about. I really I wish and pray that he sort his club football issue soonest even as the window gets close down. I pray he secures an offer from the top5 league perhaps, in la liga with a decent club to relunch his dwindling career. He cant make my list of today….

    • Greenturf 7 months ago

      Sure he will secure a club.A couple of teams in the Spanish top tier have shown interest hopefully he shall get things sorted.