Liverpool ace Awoniyi on future amid Celtic and Rangers eyes
According to Goal, Taiwo Awoniyi told World Soccer Magazine for the March issue that Liverpool will remain their “priority” despite being unable to appear for the Reds due to work permit issues.
Awoniyi’s “dream” is to play in the Premier League. So he moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2015, but when there were problems with the work permit, the ace was loaned out seven times.
The 23-year-old, who is contesting a career best campaign with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga this season, said it was “impossible” to see what the “future” will bring in view of the permitted nightmare.
90 Minutes reported last month that Celtic and Rangers were leading the race for the center-forward, adding that the Reds are looking for more than £ 5m for Awoniyi, with that fee should go up if he continues to star.
The Nigerian U23 team could find a work permit in Scotland more easily as their system is slightly different from that of England. Alfredo Morelos joined Rangers after only 18 months in Europe.
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Here’s what Awoniyi had to say on his way to blocking first-team football in Liverpool:
“Liverpool will always be my priority and I am grateful to everyone at the club.”
“I still don’t have a work permit to play in England. But with the new rules and the minutes I’ve played in Germany this season, no one knows what the future will look like in terms of UK work permits. “
“If I’m eligible to play in the UK, I think I can have a say in what my decision will be. With the new rules things have changed remarkably and this will surely help me decide my next move. “
“Liverpool are a very special club. They are always in touch to see how I am doing and to make sure I know they are tracking my progress out here. It motivates me to know that my parents’ association is active and that my best interests are in their hearts. “
“I am currently a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract but no one knows what the future holds.”
“My dream has always been to play in the Premier League and that’s why I signed for Liverpool. I’m still keeping the dream alive, but if leaving it makes it easier, why not? “
“Right now it’s impossible to say what might happen in the future.”
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Awoniyi was a key figure for Union Berlin this season. He scored five goals and made four assists in 19 appearances in the Bundesliga and one in the German Cup (DFB Polkal).
The 6-foot forward clearly has the ability to justify at least one chance in the Premier League. It would be a shame to see work permit issues taking that away from Awoniyi, especially after nearly six consecutive years in Europe in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Awoniyi is without a doubt enjoying the best season of his career so far. From a statistical point of view, he has scored more goals on previous loan stints, but the Bundesliga is in the top five leagues in Europe for a reason while the top Belgian league and the Eredivisie respectfully don’t.