Onyekuru Welcomes Slimani’s Arrival At Monaco

AS Monaco of France attacker, Henry Onyekuru has disclosed that he has no misgivings with the arrival of Algerian forward, Islam Slimani at his new club, as he believes the forward will add better bite to their attack.

Onyekuru is the latest Nigerian to have Slimani as a teammate, as the attacker he played against the this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt has sealed a transfer to the Monte Carlo-based Ligue 1 club, as the Super Eagles star affirmed that Monaco indeed need fresh firepower up front.

The Eagles’ rookie is also a new arrival at Monaco, as he joined The Aristocrats only earlier this month, but he will be among those who welcome Slimani, who was until recently a teammate of fellow-Super Eagles’ stars, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho at Leicester City of England, as well as Victor Moses at Fernebahce of Turkey.

Onyekuru is now taking over from Moses, Iheanacho and Ndidi as Slimani’s latest Nigerian pal, after the Algerian icon joined Monaco on a season-long loan, after which the French club will have an option to buy the Algeria international at the end of the season as part of the deal.

Slimani scored 13 times in 46 appearances for Leicester after joining from Sporting Lisbon in 2016, but he has not played for Leicester since January 2018, and then on loan at Newcastle United and Fenerbahce, scoring 25 goals for the latter last season.

The 31-year-old Slimani, who helped Algeria win AFCON 2019 last month, could make his debut for Monaco when they host Nimes on Sunday.

He becomes the third forward to sign for Monaco in just over a week, following the signings of Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla and Onyekuru from Everton of England, after playing on loan at Galatasaray of Turkey.

Onyekuru will now have to step up his efforts and performances in the squad, as he failed to make hay on his debut, which the team lost 3-0 against FC Metz, making it two straight defeats for them.

He, however, enthused that the quality of players at the club can help them turn Monaco’s fortunes around, while also pointing out that the club’s dealings in the summer transfer window show their the intent to return to the peak of French and European football.

The winger-cum-attacker, who joined Monaco in a five-year contract for €20m from Everton of England, after shining bright on loan last season at Galatasaray of Turkey, added that the team has put the loss behind and are focused on the next game at home against Nimes this weekend.

Onyekuru told “The team has put aside the loss. It was a sad experience losing my first game with my new club.

“Myself and my colleagues were not happy; but we told ourselves we have to put aside that loss and concentrate on the next game.

“We must restore the confidence of our fans in us when we play at home which means we are aiming to win.”

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