Henry Onyekuru has returned to Galatasaray on loan for the rest of the season.
Since moving to French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in 2019, the Nigerian forward struggled to play regular football which led to him being left on the sidelines by both coach Leornado Jardim and his successor Niko Kovac, who has rejuvenated the club.
Monaco brought in the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Sofiane Diop and Kevin Volland which made it difficult for Onyekuru to break into the team.
Onyekuru returns to the Turk Telekom Stadium for a second loan spell having been previously on loan from Everton in the 2018/19 campaign. In his first loan stint, the forward netted 14 Super Lig goals in 31 games.
Its been a roller coaster journey for the former Everton striker as he has struggled to find some stability in his career since breaking into the scene with Kas Eupen back in 2015. He scored 28 Belgian Pro League goals in 57 league games between 2015 and 2017.
His exploits did not go unnoticed as he was signed by Everton in 2017, but due to the strict work permit rules in the United Kingdom, the striker went out on several loans until the Merseyside club decided to sell him to Monaco in 2019.
Under the guidance of a coach and management that believes in his abilities, he will hope to get his career back on track.
The 23-year-old is delighted to be back in Istanbul and he has alreadyt set targets to achieve at the club.
“First of all, I am very happy to be here again. I want to have a season where we can achieve the goals of the club, with plenty of goals and make everyone proud.
“I’m hoping to stay here longer. I spoke to our president, vice president and technical director, and they expressed their confidence in me. As always, I’m willing to give 100 percent.
“As I said before, my goal is to achieve more success with the club, win more trophies and make our fans proud. Hopefully, we will win both the league and the Turkish Cup.”
Speaking to the club’s official website, Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz expressed his joy and excitement at having Onyekuru back at the Turkish club as they push to win the league title this season.
“Someone said something, you know, the son of the hand, the son of the house. I swear to God, I think Onyekuru is the son of the house.
“For the third time, he insisted on asking for us thanks to Onyekuru, even though there were many teams who wanted him and it cost a lot to the club he came from. He didn’t even look back on offers from other teams in Turkey or abroad. We thank him very much for his feelings of belonging and loyalty in this context. It’s a stance. He didn’t prefer money. He preferred his love.”
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