New arrival at Racing Genk of Belgium, Paul Ebere Onuachu is set to step up from previous outings in the Europa League with his former club, FC Midtjylland of Denmark, as he will now play in the UEFA Champions League with the team he joined late last week.
In the wake of his lucrative contract that is meant to run till 2024, Onuachu will hope to settle down fast and hit the ground running with the club that had been chasing him for several years, to step in as the arrow head of their attack, in domestic and continental matches.
The sky is now the beginning for Onuachu, after Midtjylland eventually let him go sold him for seven million Euros including bonuses, but the deal was almost knocked off after protracted negotiations with Genk.
At the end of all it, though, Onuachu was eventually confirmed for Genk on Thursday, but it was not early enough for him to feature in Friday’s Belgian Jupiler League clash against RSC Anderlecht.
The 25-year-old Onuachu joined Midtjylland in 2013, after which he went on to feature in 181 matches for the Danish club, scoring 74 goals and providing 23 assists.
He helped the Herning-based Scandinavian the club clinch Denmark’s league title in the 2017/2018 season and was their hero en route to winning the Danish Cup the following year.
Onuachu, who also has six caps with the Super Eagles cap and a goal to his name on his debut in a friendly against Egypt, helped Nigeria clinch a record eighth bronze medal at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
He becomes Genk’s eighth signing of the summer, to join fellow-Nigerian attacker, former MFM FC of Lagos youngster, Stephen Odey, who earlier arrived from FC Zurich of Switzerland.
Onuachu, who had once being loaned by FCM to modest Danish outfit, Vejle BK in 2015, where he played 13 games and got five goals, is now the most expensive Nigerian player to be sold by a club in Denmark.
His new club gladly announced: “KRC Genk reached an agreement with the Danish FC Midtjylland about the transfer of Paul Onuachu. The 25-year-old Nigerian striker signs a contract until 2024.
“Paul Onuachu is a real target striker and he is very present in the box, strong in duels both in the air and on the ground.”