Races Genk assistant coach Glen Riddersholm has backed Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu to make an impact if he joins Premier League giants Liverpool or Atletico Madrid in Spain in the next transfer window , reports PUNCH Sports Extra.
Riddersholm was Onuachu’s former coach during his time at Danish club FC Midtjylland, before leaving in 2015.
They both reunited in November 2021 after the Dutch coach joined Genk as an assistant coach.
Onuachu, under Riddersholm’s tutelage, played 27 games and scored three goals in three seasons, but the 27-year-old has since become one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers after an extraordinary 2020/21 season with Genk who saw him hit 35 in all competitions, as well as winning the Golden Shoe, Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year and Ebony Shoe awards.
The 6ft 7in striker was tipped to move away from Luminus Arena, with several clubs interested in him but surprisingly the Nigerian stayed with the Smurfs.
Onuachu picked up where he left off last season and has registered 21 goals and three assists in 37 games this season.
Ahead of the next transfer window, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool have been mentioned as possible destinations for Onuachu and Riddersholm is confident the great striker has the quality to make an impact at the Spanish and Premier League giants.
Talk with bold.dk, Riddersholm said: “He (Onuachu) won the Golden Boot, and it’s very fitting for what he achieved. He has evolved since I worked with him at FC Midtjylland.
“He’s a much more accomplished footballer, and he’s ready to be taken down now, and I really hope he succeeds.
“There were various things that kept him off the hook during the summer transfer window, including the uncertain financial situation due to Corona, and then he’s not completely cheap either.
“I really hope he does well in the next transfer window, and until then I just have to say that he is extremely ambitious and tries every day to help his club. He has a huge mentality.
“He got a good education in Denmark, and I’m happy that he’s also a cultural carrier here. It’s cool that he’s just proving himself, but he’s ready to move on and he’s going to leave too. .
Asked if Onuachu is ready for a big move to Atletico or Liverpool, Riddersholm added: “Yes, I’m absolutely convinced he is. I’m not saying he can play solidly. for these clubs, but it can play an important role.
“For some clubs he wants to be a team player, where he has to have a few minutes, because they play a lot of matches in a season.
“The question is also whether he wants to be a strong starter at every turn or whether he has to take further steps. I can’t answer that.
“But he has eye-catching basic skills, which means it doesn’t surprise me that there are such big clubs in play.
“Being able to switch games is super important, and Paul has obvious qualities which are nice for a manager to have.”
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