Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu made a surprise deadline-day move to Premier League side Southampton for a reported fee 18.6m pounds.
Onuachu had earlier been linked to relegation-threatened Everton, but the Saints swooped in on deadline day to get their man who is until his departure led the Belgian Pro-League’s scoring charts with 14 goals in the 2022/23 season.
Onuachu has developed a reputation as a reliable goalscorer in Denmark and Belgium where he featured prolifically for FC Midtjylland (54 goals in 134 apps) and KRC Genk (74 goals in 114 apps).
Following his goal-scoring prowess, some social media users expressed surprise at his choice of Southampton who are currently struggling for form. Questioning if Onuachu can make his mark in a more difficult league.
Some others expressed excitement, wishing him success and hoping he continues his impressive goalscoring in the Premier League.
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Here are some reactions gathered by Sporting Tribune
@ColinUdoh This Southampton move is an all-to-prove one for Paul Onuachu. Conquered Denmark and Belgium, but still doesn’t get much respect, esp after his struggles at international level. He makes a success of this, there’ll be no doubting him any more #Goodluck
@oluwashina Saint Paul. #Nigeria striker Paul Onuachu has landed in the premier league with struggling Southampton.
@munashalom This January transfer window Paul Ọnụachụ should have waited till the summer He just left a league medal and golden boot to come join Southampton You could have waited till summer transfer window I’m pissed
@zipa___ Lol, Onuachu. Top scorer in the Belgian league with the top team in the Belgian league joining struggling Southhampton? I don’t even know if that’s an upgrade tbh.
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@Omojuwa Southampton signed Paul Onuachu to save them from relegation. I hope he gets all the goals he needs.
@PoojaMedia Super Eagles striker, Paul Onuachu has completed his deal to Southampton from Genk for €18m on a 3-year deal. Aribo will welcome him.
@YemiTM442 Happy for Paul Onuachu; Southampton need a goal scorer. if he gets like 10 goals in the Premier League and probably succeeds in keeping The Saints up; it would be fantastic.
@TheOddSolace Southampton really pushing the boat out with Sulemana and Onuachu signings. One all upside, the other with a point to prove. Have to say it’s come as a surprise to me, but I’m keen to see whether Onuachu‘s goalscoring will transfer to a higher level. Not an easy transition.