Everton, Crystal Palace or Nottingham Forest: Which club would suit Super Eagles midfielder Onyedika best?

Published: March 02, 2024
Everton, Crystal Palace or Nottingham Forest: Which club would suit Super Eagles midfielder Onyedika best?

Raphael Onyedika, the 22-year-old midfielder from Club Brugge, is attracting significant interest from Premier League clubs. 

According to HITC, Everton, Crystal Palace, and Nottingham Forest are among the Premier League clubs closely monitoring the Super Eagles star, who could be the latest big-money departure from the Belgian giants.

Onyedika's profile is generating comparisons to Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, another imposing Nigerian midfielder who transitioned from Belgian football to the Premier League with great success.

Like Ndidi, Onyedika boasts exceptional tackling prowess, averaging a noteworthy 2.1 tackles per game in the Jupiler Pro League according to Whoscored.com.

However, Onyedika goes beyond being a defensive enforcer. He possesses excellent ball control and thrives under pressure, showcasing his comfort on the ball with his ability to "wriggle through gaps and take opponents out of the game with well-timed bursts."

This well-rounded skillset makes him an attractive option for several Premier League clubs with varying needs.

Everton, currently under the guidance of Sean Dyche, are in dire need of midfield reinforcements. inconsistencies have plagued their midfield accompanied with a possible summer departure for Amadou Onana who is attracting interests from big clubs.

If that move ever materializes, Onyedika's defensive solidity and ball-carrying ability could offer the much-needed stability for the Toffees.

Crystal Palace who recently appointed Austrian manager Oliver Glasner after Roy Hodgson's exit, are known for their organized and defensively sound approach.

While they possess strong defensive midfielders like Cheick Doucoure and Jefferson Lerma, adding Onyedika's ball-winning skills and passing range could further bolster their midfield and potentially allow other midfielders to push forward more frequently.

Nuno Espirito Santo's Nottingham Forest are still adapting to the Premier League's demands since returning to the English top flight in 2022.

Onyedika's tackling prowess and ability to break press lines could be valuable assets as they continue to navigate the league's intensity.

While all three clubs could benefit from Onyedika's talents, his specific skillset might find the most fertile ground depending on their tactical philosophies and squad needs. Everton's need for a complete midfielder, Crystal Palace's desire for added bite and creativity in midfield, and Nottingham Forest's need for midfield prowess and defensive solidity are all factors that could influence Onyedika's decision.

Ultimately, the choice of which club best suits Onyedika will depend on his personal preference and the specific project outlined by each club.

One thing is certain - his potential arrival in the Premier League promises to be an exciting development for the player.


Ejim Kaycee


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