Everton winger Onyekuru angry with Anderlecht for making him miss out on Nigeria's World Cup squad

NIGERIAN winger Henry Onyekuru is furious with his Belgian club Anderlecht after he was left out of the Super Eagles preliminary 30-man World Cup squad blaming the team for his exclusion.


An Everton player currently on loan to Anderlecht, Onyekuru, 20, is one of the hottest Nigerian footballers in the world at the moment. However, the player,  is currently recovering from injury after rupturing his hamstring during a league match against one of his former clubs KAS Eupen in December.


Although Onyekuru has since returned to training, he is yet to feature competitively in a game for Anderlecht and is blaming the club for his current plight. Angry with the club for making him miss the World Cup, Onyekuru is unhappy that he was axed from Anderlecht’s provisional squad against Gent in the Belgian league playoffs, believing that this was responsible for Mr Rohr dropping him.


He added that he feels he missed the last opportunity to prove his fitness to Mr Rohr and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), before they released the squad list. This decision may affect the player's decision about extending his loan deal with Anderlecht as the club wants him for another season but he is keen to move on to greener pastures.


Although Anderlecht have reached an agreement with Everton over a fresh loan deal, Onyekuru is keen to start playing in the English Premiership. A good World Cup outing would have boosted his profile and provided him with an opportunity to get around Britain's stringent work permit laws.


It is also understood that the player does not have a cordial relationship with Anderlecht manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck, who has often criticised him for not playing to instructions. Onyekuru has scored 10 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions this season and before his injury was a World Cup certainty.