Racing Genk of Belgium striker, Paul Ebere Onuachu has gained a massive spotlight in the Belgian media, with a leading publication rolling out a long analysis of the fast-rising star’s current form, following his remarkable romp to 27 goals so far this season.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, while the giant striker, who previously starred for FC Midtjylland of Denmark, is basking in the euphoria of his latest goal that came on Monday night, rave reviews from the Belgian media could knock him completely off his feet.
Such it is after the product of Young Stars of Lagos and FC Ebedie of Shagamu knocked home his 26th league goal of the season and helped Genk to a 3-2 win away to OH Leuven, with Onuachu grabbing the winner seven minutes from time, as the giant from Owerri extended his dominance in the Belgian First Division A goals’ charts.
Onuachu’s late effort at Den Dreef took his tally to 26 goals after 31 league appearances – 28 goals in total this season (including two Cup goals) which makes him the highest scoring Super Eagles star in Europe so far this term.
The 26-year-old Onuachu, who is enjoying his best season since starting his professional career in the Danish Superliga nine years ago, scored a late match-winner in the Super Eagles’ 1-0 romp away to Benin Republic and three days later cemented a 3-0 triumph over Lesotho in Lagos.
His heroics did not end with the international break, as he scored what turned out to be the winning goal for Genk, as he sealed maximum points for the visitors after goals from Kristian Thorstvedt, Theo Bongonda had put them ahead.
Onuachu, who will be expected to maintain his fine scoring form when the Smurfs host 15th-placed Sint-Truiden at the Luminus Arena on April 11, was replaced in the 89th minute by his compatriot Cyril Dessers – who has scored four goals in 26 league games this term.
He has now gained a lengthy technical citation from Belgian publication, Voetbalkrant, which stated: “Once again, Paul Onuachu was of gold value for KRC Genk. The Nigerian scored in the final phase, but was the coat rack on which the Genk game was hung throughout the match.
“Everyone knows that Genk’s giant is a goal getter. Against OHL, he took care of the redeeming 1-3 in the final phase with number 28 (!) of the competition. He did it in style: feigning, cutting out his guard and finishing with his weaker left foot.”
“The disadvantage was that the Nigeria striker had already missed two or three excellent opportunities. Is that why he played a lesser match? No, because Onuachu showed once again that he is much more than the man with the goals.
“Even more than usual, Onuachu was the pivot against OHL. Almost unbeatable in the duels, even in the direct duels against Ngawa, by no means a choirboy. It was also striking how often Onuachu could be played in or around the box.
“Onuachu started out as a midfielder and it showed. De Gouden Stier has an excellent overview. On Monday he also shifted the game appropriately. With 86% accuracy of the passes, the Nigerian was more than decent.
“Although it remains to be careful for the Nigerian not to take on too much hay. A sprinting Onuachu looks stiff, but he is by no means slow. Just ask OHL defender Jemelka, who was completely outran by Onuachu in the second half.”