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Youngster focused on his craft for now

RSC Anderlecht v Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Everton’s on-loan forward Henry Onyekuru banged in his eight goal of the season, leading Anderlecht to a 2-1 victory over Lokeren and keeping them in third place in the Jupiler League just a point of Sporting Charleroi and a further six off leaders Club Bruges.

Speaking exclusively to AOIFootball after the game, the Nigerian striker was asked about the international attention he’s been getting lately, including scouts from Barcelona, Manchester United, Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and more.

“There is no real secret, I have a strong faith in God and he has blessed me to be able to do what I love and I’m just focused on improving myself, working hard and staying dedicated.

“It’s a blessing to be recognized by these clubs and of course, it’s flattering but I take everything one step at a time; focus on what’s in front of me and for the next few months- that is Anderlecht.”

The goal was somewhat controversial as it appeared the pass to him came from an offside position, but Onyekuru was happy to take them as they come.

“It was a difficult match for us but I am happy we were able to win and I also got on the score sheet. I hope to continue scoring more goals for Anderlecht and hopefully, win a trophy or two in the season.”

His tally of eight goals in the Jupiler League has him tied on top of the scorers’ charts alongside three other players. Onyekuru has ten goals in all competitions, and even though the idea has been mooted, it is unlikely he will be able to join up with Everton in the January transfer window due to work permit reasons.