While he never actually made an appearance for Everton, the Toffees’ signing of Henry Onyekuru proved to be a great decision by Farhad Moshiri from a financial perspective.
The Nigeria international would join Everton from KAS Eupen in a deal worth £7m in 2017, before being immediately sent on loan to Anderlecht.
There he would hit ten goals in 28 appearances in the 2017/18 season but that wasn’t enough to convince the Merseyside outfit that he was worth a shot in the first team, as he was sent to Galatasaray for the 2018/19 campaign.
During his time with Anderlecht, former manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck criticised Onyekuru, saying:
“It does not make much sense to put Onyekuru at the centre, but when he is standing there, he does not move, and he just moves to the left… he always lets himself down.
“He does score now and then, but the last few weeks have not been as good either, his contribution went down.”
Once again, the now 25-year-old impressed, contributing 16 goals and six assists in his first season with the club but still, the Toffees weren’t keen, and they cashed in on him that summer, selling him to Monaco for £12.5m.
It seems remarkable to nearly double your money on a player that would fail to play a single minute for the club and Moshiri deserves a lot of credit for this, especially considering Onyekuru’s form since leaving the club.
After failing to score in four appearances for Monaco, the Nigerian was loaned back to Galatasaray but he struggled to rediscover his previous form at the Nef Stadium, managing just one goal in 12 appearances.
There was a sense of deja vu again in the 2020/21 campaign, as after four disappointing appearances for Monaco, Onyekuru was sent back to Galatasary again, this time hitting five goals and four assists in just 15 Super Lig appearances.
However, the French side had clearly made their mind up on Onyekuru at that point, selling him to Olympiacos last summer.
Although he has started well there, with two goals and two assists in the league, it seems clear that he never would have made it at Everton when you consider his career since leaving, and therefore Moshiri deserves credit for somehow managing to make a profit on him.