Genk striker Paul Onuachu is ‘definitely ready’ for the Premier League, amid continued links to West Ham United.
That’s according to his former manager Brian Priske and Belgian analyst Marc Degryse, who both believe the time has come for the 27-year-old to make the step up.
Onuachu has been in fine form again this season, with 16 goals and one assist in 30 games in all competitions so far.
He’s building on an even more impressive campaign last year that saw him rack up 35 goals and five assist in five 41 games in all competitions.
That form saw the sharks circling, with Arsenal regularly linked throughout 2021 and West Ham also in the mix.
Nothing came of that, but back in October; it was made clear they were still keen and thinking about a move in future.
That’s unlikely to have gone away ahead of the summer, with West Ham still needing to sign a striker to provide competition for Michail Antonio.
The belief in Belgium is that he would more than fit in at the London Stadium, and that’s a sentiment shared by Priske and Degryse, who have both backed him for a Premier League move.
“He is definitely ready for a bigger league,” Priske said in a chat with HLN.
“I thought he was ready in the summer, I think it’s a shame he’s not playing in England already.
“I keep finding it strange that nobody from the Premier League has come and got him,” added Degryse.
“I’m not talking about the absolute top, but just below it. I see a lot of players there who I think are less than Onuachu. With a year’s delay, he should be able to make that step into a top five competition.”