English Premier League sideLiverpool FC are seeking to a domestic work permit for Nigeria international Awoniyi, AOIFootball.com can report.
Awoniyi joined the Reds from the Imperial Soccer Academy in a deal worth £400,000 in 2015, with the striker immediately loaned to German side, FSV Frankfurt to gain first team experience in 2015, but the loan spell was unsuccessful.
The 19-year-old showed some brilliance while on loan at NEC Nijmegen last season, but despite scoring late goals against AZ Alkmaar and SC Heerenveen in May, Awoniyi still only played 955 minutes in the Dutch top flight, averaging 54 minutes per outing.
With pre-season training yet to start, It remains to be seen if the tall and strong Nigerian striker will features in Jurgen Klopp‘s plans at Liverpool. With three years left on his contract, the club is hoping to enhance his ability with a domestic loan which I think will be good for his progress.
Liverpool face an uncertain period as they apply for a work permit, hoping Awoniyi qualifies under exceptional circumstances, but given Awoniyi’s lack of game time at both Frankfurt in 2015/16 and NEC last season, coupled with his questionable future at Liverpool, it seems unlikely the appeal will be considered.
Awoniyi’s position at Anfield is a confusing one, as he is yet to even step foot onto the Melwood training pitch, almost two years on. Klopp has already signed another striker this summer in 19-year-old Dominic Solanke, with the Englishman joining Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings. Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster can also be considered ahead of Awoniyi, with Klopp lauding the young pair for their quality this month, and calling for them to make the “next step” in 2017/18.
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