Chelsea reportedly made a move to sign Taiwo Awoniyi during the just-concluded summer transfer window, but was rejected by the Nigerian
Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi showcased his attacking prowess with a stellar performance for the Super Eagles against Sao Tome and Principe, leaving Chelsea with reasons to consider him as a potential addition.
In yesterday’s match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Jose Peseiro’s squad delighted fans with a convincing 6-0 victory over the True Parrots.
Awoniyi, a player reportedly on Chelsea’s radar, demonstrated his ability throughout the game. With Chelsea had already secured Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal during the transfer window, expected to persuade the Tricky Trees for a move for Awoniyi with his recent performances.
The 26-year-old Nigerian came close to scoring the opening goal for the 2013 AFCON champions in the 7th minute but was thwarted by a Sao Tome defender.
In the second half, Awoniyi’s prowess shone as he capitalized on Kelechi Iheanacho’s pass, executing an acrobatic goal past Ronaldo Silva, securing the third goal for the Super Eagles against Sao Tome
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With no injury, Taiwo Awoniyi will be a good addition to Chelsea’s attack.
— Ayomide Oguntimehin (@ayo_oguntimehin) September 11, 2023
Notably, the promising Nigerian forward has etched his name in history as the first Nigerian to score seven goals in seven consecutive English Premier League matches following his performance at the club level.
This remarkable display underscores the need for Chelsea to strengthen their attacking options with his services and rekindle the spirit of legends like Didier Drogba in their front line.
However, it’s worth noting that a previous report indicated that Chelsea’s inquiry to sign Awoniyi was rejected by the player, who intends to honour his contract with Nottingham Forest, which extends until 2027.
If Chelsea is determined to secure Awoniyi’s services, they may need to make a substantial offer, potentially exceeding the fee Nottingham paid to acquire him from Union Berlin. This situation presents an opportunity for Evangelos Marinakis and Sokratis Kominakis to capitalize on his sale.