Henry Onyekuru – He can be a lot more dangerous if he defended less

Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru is firing on all cylinders at Anderlecht, but he could be a lot more dangerous if he did not have to defend a lot in his own half, according to ex-Belgium coach Aime Anthuenis.

Onyekuru has scored seven goals in all competitions for the Belgian champions and really caught the eye with his sparkling performance against PSG in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

But Anthuenis, who also coached Anderlecht between 1999 and 2002, has advised the club’s new coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck the Nigeria forward will be a lot more deadly if he links up more closely with top striker Lukasz Teodorczyk rather than be asked to defend in his own half of the pitch.

“Onyekuru does not have to do too much defending in his own half of the pitch because he is on top form and it’s crucial he supports Teodorczyk more upfront,” the respected former Belgium coach advised.

He also hopes Anderlecht will soon be back at their best should the likes of Teodorczyk, Sofiane Hanni and Leander Dendocker regain their self-belief and form.


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