The Genk star was among the best stars in the country who achieved some great goal streaks with their respective clubs during the season just ended.
Former Nigerian striker Victor Ezeji has named Paul Onuachu the best Nigerian player of the 2020-21 season due to the number of goals he has scored in the Belgian First Division A.
Onuachu scored 33 goals in 38 league appearances for Genk as they finished second behind champions Club Brugge on the table, and he also helped them win the Belgian Cup.
Thanks to his individual talent, the 27-year-old became the fifth Nigerian to win the Ebony shoe (Best African player in Belgium) after Daniel Amokachi (1992 and 1994), Victor Ikpeba (1993), Godwin Okpara (1995) and Célestin Babayaro (1996).
Elsewhere in Italy, Crotone’s Simy Nwankwo produced an outstanding performance in front of goal with 20 goals in 38 Serie A appearances, but his efforts were not enough to save the Pythagoreans from relegation.
However, the 29-year-old eclipsed Obafemi Martins’ scoring record during the season to become the most successful Nigerian in Italian top-flight history with 30 goals in three seasons.
Kelechi Iheanacho, another Nigerian who improved his performance, helped Leicester City win the FA Cup with a comeback of four goals in six games. its debut in 2015.
Ezeji, in his player evaluation, did not hesitate to choose Onuachu and he applauded him for the hard work he put in to score 33 league goals.
“Onuachu is my best Nigerian player this season, having scored this number of goals in Belgium shows class even if we can say that the league is not among the top five leagues in Europe, scoring goals in Nigeria is difficult not to mention Europe, ”said Ezeji Goal.
The 2003 Caf Champions League winner with Enyimba also urged Onuachu and Nwankwo to seek bigger challenges elsewhere with more emphasis on the latter, whose club fell to Serie B.
“I think for someone to have scored that number of goals, he [Onuachu] should go to a bigger league, ”he continued.
“For Simy, nobody knew his club would be relegated at the end of the season but he showed that there is so much in him. I think he will go somewhere and not come down with the club because that is the most important thing.