Antoine Griezmann will be perfect for Lionel Messi – Henry

In the words of Sky Sports pundit and former Barcelona star Thierry Henry, Barcelona target, Antione Griezmann will be a major boost to the attacking firepower of Barca and would form a perfect partnership with a superstar, Lionel Messi.

Reports keep linking the French forward with a move away from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are one of the major contenders for his signature. Attackers, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who both scored in the Clasico victory over Real Madrid today, and summer signing, Ousmane Dembele, who is not far away from returning from injury, would most likely be competing with Griezmann for the attacking three spots in Barcelona’s 4:3:3 formations.

But Arsenal Legend, Henry believes it would allow Valverde to rotate his squad, keep the squad competitive, and have them in the best condition possible.

“He can fit in perfectly,” Henry said of Griezmann.

“You want big players in big teams.

“If you had the option of, for example, today we said they were a bit short on the bench, I’m not saying he would be on the bench or Dembele would be on the bench, but if you can alternate, rotate at times and give those guys (a rest).

“I think Griezmann can fit into any team in the world at the minute.

“What I’m saying is you want big players in big teams.

“And so, if he goes there, I’m sure the Barcelona guys will welcome him.”

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European giants sent scouts to watch Henry Onyekuru – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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European giants sent scouts to watch Henry Onyekuru

Dani Alves (L) of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Henry Onyekuru (R) of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League group B soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium, 18 October 2017. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 14:00


Several European giants reportedly sent scouts to watch Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru in action for Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League last night.

Onyekuru, who is loan at the Belgian club from Everton, was a second-half substitute and played 25 minutes as his side succumbed 2-1 against the German giants at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock.

La Dernière Heure reported that Manchester United sent representatives to run the rule over the Super Eagles attacker, having had scouts in the stands when Onyekuru scored the winner in a 2-1 domestic triumph at Royal Excel Mouscron last weekend.

The report also states that Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and AC Milan had spies present in Brussels on Wednesday night.

Onyekuru has yet to open his account in the UEFA Champions League after five group stage matches, but he has been exceptional in the domestic league, scoring seven goals from 14 appearances.

The 20-year-old signed with the Toffees prior to the start of the 2017/18 season.

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Henry Onyekuru eyeing first full international for Nigeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Henry Onyekuru eyeing first full international for Nigeria

Dani Alves (L) of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Henry Onyekuru (R) of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League group B soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium, 18 October 2017. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 18:00


Nigerian international striker, Henry Onyekuru is delighted to have an opportunity to make his debut for the Super Eagles.

The 20-year-old is looking forward to his first official appearance for the West Africans as they prepare to face the Desert Warriors of Algeria on Friday in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

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Onyekuru expressed his delight on Twitter after the RSC Anderlecht (on loan from Everton) forward made his first appearance in a non-competitive game against Togo in June.

He played against the Sparrow Hawks in a cameo role as the Super Eagles won 3-0, but was not been invited by coach Gernot Rohr since the outing.

However, the forward has an opportunity to impess the manager ahead of the World Cup in Russia as the 2013 African champions have already secured their place after garnering 13 points from five matches in the qualifiers.

“My first full international call up for the Nigeria National Team! God is great,” Onyekuru tweeted.

“Blessed to be able to share this moment with these guys and we will do our best to make Nigeria proud.”

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Henry Onyekuru looking for early Everton return

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Mamadou Sylla: Henry Onyekuru looking for early Everton return

Dani Alves (L) of Paris Saint-Germain in action against Henry Onyekuru (R) of Anderlecht during the UEFA Champions League group B soccer match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Anderlecht, near Brussels, Belgium, 18 October 2017. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 17:30


Anderlecht’s Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru is looking for an early return to Everton, according to former teammate Mamdou Sylla.

The Super Eagles player transferred from Eupen to Everton at the start of the current season, only to be sent on loan to Anderlecht.

Thus far Onyekuru has scored six six goals in nine Jupiler League games, after netting 22 last term with Eupen.

Former Eupen teammate Sylla says the Nigerian’s sights are set on a return to Goodison Park as soon as possible.

He told DH: “Henry has many qualities, which he has already shown in his first campaign in the first division.

“At Anderlecht, his playing time and his ability to adapt to the their games do not surprise me.

“A club and a level where he will still be able to progress, with the goal he has in mind is to join Everton quickly to discover the Premier League.”

Onyekuru will hope to feature for Anderlecht in their UEFA Champions League match away to Paris Saint-Germain this evening.

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Neville & Henry – Sadio Mane’s didn’t deserve a red card – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 13:00


Senegal’s Sadio Mane did not deserve to be sent off in Liverpool’s heavy loss at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday, according to Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Thierry Henry.

The Teranga Lions attacker was shown a straight red card by referee Jon Moss after colliding with City goalkeeper Ederson in a 50-50 battle for the ball.

Moss took issue with Mane’s raised foot, which appeared to catch the Brazilian ‘keeper in the face. The Reds player was sent off, while the City man left the pitch on a stretcher.

It proved to be a crucial turning point in the match, with Pep Guardiola’s team going on to claim an emphatic 5-0 victory.

“It’s one of those I don’t think he needed to give a red card, it wasn’t expected and I think he’s got it wrong,” Neville said in his role as an analyst for Sky Sports.

“How many times this season do you see a foot high, when a player goes with their head and the player gets there first and the foot goes into the chest.

“’You very rarely see a red card for it, you might get a yellow.”

Henry added: “I think I would have gone for it, it’s an unfortunate 50/50 for the goalkeeper.

“The referee saw the player down and that played on his mind, sometimes it can play on your mind. The goalkeeper had to go for it, the player had to go for it and if that happened in midfield it wouldn’t have been a red.

“Did he give a red straight away or did he wait and see what happened with the goalkeeper?”

Neville continued: “Let’s not be clouded by the fact he’s going to be stretchered off, that’s unfortunately part of the game, players clatter into each other.”

However, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher disagreed with Neville.

“It’s a red card. I didn’t initially think it was, I thought there was a coming together in a 50/50,” he explained.

“People will say ‘he had his eyes on the ball’ but that doesn’t matter. Sadio Mane hasn’t tried to do him but if you don’t get there and your boot is that high you get a red card for excessive force.

“I took some convincing and I didn’t think so on first viewing, but John Moss got it right. It was difficult for Mane, the ball was there and he had to go for it but he’s suffered the consequences.”

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