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Onuachu not a smart striker — Kortrijk defender Tsuyoshi Watanabe

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Japanese Tsuyoshi Watanabe who plays for KV Kortrijk is critical of Paul Onuachu’s style of the play.

The defender has been impressive for Kortrijk since arriving the club from his native country Japan.

The 25-year-old has played every minute of the 22 matches for KV Kortrijk this season, including the 1-0 over Genk.

“The Belgian league? No, that was unknown to me. Now I can compare them with the Japanese competition. It has smarter and more technical players than the Belgian ones,” He told Het Nieuwsblad.

According to Watanabe, he won many duels because the forwards are predictable and he used his performance against league top scorer Paul Onuachu as an example.

“Take the match against Genk now. I then faced Onuachu . A good player, but not a smart striker. He only uses his body and I managed to win many headers from him.”

Watanabe has contract with Kortrijk until 2025, but hopes make a transfer, to the Bundesliga, to continue his career.

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KRC Genk beats Anderlecht to Arokodare’s signature

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KRC Genk has signed Nigerian forward Toluwalase Arokodare on the transfer deadline day.

Genk was in the market for a direct replacement for Paul Onuachu, who left for Southampton, and quickly turned to Arokodare who was on the verge of signing for Anderlecht.

The Nigerian was at Neerpede on Tuesday night, having his medicals.

However the striker later left Neerpede and drove straight to Genk after receiving a call from Genk’s Director of football Dimitri De Conde.

Arokodare then signed four-and-half year deal from Valmiera although he had played on loan at French division two side, Amiens.

The deal is reportedly worth €4.5m which could rise to €7m at the end of the contract.

Arokodare netted eight times and provided two assists for Amiens.

Meanwhile, Anderlecht turned their attention to Islam Slimani, the 34-year-old striker from Stade Brest, after the deal for Arokodare fell through.

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Southampton boss Nathan Jones reacts to Onuachu capture

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Southampton coach Nathan Jones is a happy man, following the arrival of Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu at the club.

The Saints completed the forward’s signing from Genk on transfer deadline day.

Striker Paul Onuachu has joined #SaintsFC on a three-and-a-half-year deal from @KRCGenkofficial:

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 1, 2023

Onuachu leaves Belgium with 85 goals in 134 games for Genk, which he joined in 2019 from Danish side FC Midtjylland, where he scored 71 times in 181 appearances.

Southampton manager Nathan Jones described the Nigerian is a “significant” signing for his club.

“Paul is a significant signing for us and completes what has been an extremely positive month in terms of recruitment.

“He’s a handful to play against, has got a tremendous record throughout his career and he’s also someone who brings great experience with him, so he’ll be a really positive addition to the squad,” The coach concluded.

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Terem Moffi’s interesting stats in the French Ligue 1

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Super Eagles striker Terem Moffi is one of the hottest properties in European football this season.

The striker recently completed a switch to Nice from rivals FC Lorient after making solid impression in the ongoing season.

Here are his impressive stats since moving to Ligue 1 three years ago :

The African artived in the French championship in 2020 and in two and a half seasons at FC Lorient, Moffi has registered plenty of goals for Lorient.

He’s most prolific attacker behind Kévin Gameiro in the history of FC Lorient with 34 goals in 87 games.

And since his debut in Ligue 1, he is in 7th place in the scorers’ rankings, just behind his new partner, Laborde (34 in 37).

The 23-year-old also became the 3rd Nigerian with the most goal in the French Ligue 1 behind John Utaka (59) and Victor Ikpeba (55).

And in the 2022/23 season, Terem Moffi is the 2nd scorer for the Super Eagles among the 5 major leagues in Europe. Only Victor Osimhen has more (14 with Napoli).

This season he’s scored three doubles (5 in career + 1 hat-trick) and scored against PSG, AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille.

With his 12 goals Terem Moffi is second leading scorer in the league the, just one behind Kylian Mbappé (PSG) who has (13).

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