Can Awoniyi fetch Liverpool £10 million?
Liverpool recently signalled their intentions to terminate Taiwo Awoniyi’s loan deal at Mainz in the German Bundesliga after the Super Eagles hopeful has been unable garner adequate playing time which has led to his development being stunted. He is still in Mainz. Now, some of the stakeholders of the club are speculating that the current English Premer League table toppers could attempt to cut their losses in the next transfer window by selling a striker who is struggling to fulfil the potentials they saw that made them shell out £400K in 2015. "I’ll try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team. When I’m in the red shirt, I will always give my very best to make the fans happy.” Said Awoniyi when he was signed and promptly loaned out to FSV Frankfurt to gain experience and acquire work permit in 2015. However, before the current Mainz deal, the 22 year old centre forward has since been further loaned out to NEC (in Holland), Royal Excel Mouscron (twice) and Gent in Belgium with only his stays at Mouscron leaving anything meaningful to write home about.
It was expected that he would find success in Mainz however 6 appearances later - including a nightmare debut in which Awoniyi conceded a clumsy penalty in his first act after being introduced - he has no goal or assist to his name. And he is not even in the plans of the Super Eagles coach having never featured for the senior national team. Now empireofthecop.com are hoping that Liverpool can cash in on Awoniyi by selling him in the summer for £10 million. They wrote: " The 22-year-old striker will hopefully earn us up to £10m from a side in either Holland or Belgium, although we recognise this will represent a big ask!" It will be a big ask indeed for a striker who is yet to distinguish himself as neither a proven goal scorer nor a centre forward of repute. Tranfermkt.com currently puts Taiwo Awoniyi’s market value as £3.6 million.