Jupiler League legend Wesley Sonck believes Paul Onuachu could adapt to the Premier League and told HLN that West Ham United may be the ideal destination.
Unfortunately for Onuachu, the gates to London Stadium already seem to have slammed shut in his face.
West Ham were linked with the 6-foot-7 Nigeria international for most of last year. That was, of course, until David Moyes admitted that Onuachu “wasn’t someone we really had in mind.”
A move to West Ham, then, seems out of the question.
However, that doesn’t mean the KRC Genk talisman won’t be a Premier League player at some point in 2022. According to The Mail, Tottenham Hotspur see Onuachu as a £20m alternative to overworked Harry Kane.
He has also been linked with Southampton and Aston Villa, with the latter apparently willing to overlook his rather disappointing record when it comes to signing players from Belgian football.
Will Paul Onuachu move to the Premier League this year?
“I think it’s a shame that Onuachu is still playing in Belgium,” says Sonck, a former Belgium international.
“A boy like me, 1 meter 75, who can score a goal: so to speak, you will find a thousand in Europe. But players like Onuachu, at 2 meters, there are not even five.
“Certain teams will be able to use Onuachu.
Like West Ham. Let’s be honest, Onuachu wouldn’t look out of place there, would he? Besides, he is already 27 years old. He is in the best moment of his life.”
Onuachu scored an impressive 26 goals in 34 league games during 2021, earning him the Jupiler League Player of the Year award.
But, as Sonck points out, just because you have the Golden Boot on your mantelpiece doesn’t mean the clubs will be lining up to get your signature.
The Jupiler League, after all, doesn’t enjoy the same reputation as La Liga or the Bundesliga, for example.
“I don’t think a Golden Boot really opens doors,” adds Sonck. “The best player in Spain or Germany, okay. But the one from Belgium?
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