Nigeria’s 19-year-old Taiwo Awoniyi on Loan Again

Nigerian professional footballer, Taiwo Awoniyi Micheal, now plays as a forward for Royal Excel Mouscron on loan from Premier League club Liverpool.

Marking his third loan, Michael has yet to make a first-team appearance for Liverpool.

Taiwo’s style of play has been compared to that of Rashidi Yekini, Nigeria’s all-time highest goalscorer.

The striker joined Liverpool for a fee of around $528 on a long-term deal in August 2015 from Imperial Academy in Nigeria, but was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt.

In 2010, Taiwo was voted the Most Valuable Player at a Coca-Cola football competition in London. and he helped his country win the Under-17 World Cup in 2013

He made his debut for the club as a late substitute in a German Cup match against Hertha Berlin. After being named as a substitute for six league matches, he made his debut on 19 February 2016, playing 89 minutes against FC St. Pauli.

On 26 August 2016, NEC confirmed that he had joined them on a season-long loan and was expected to join the squad the following week after the formalities of his work permit were completed. On 10 September, he made his Eredivisie debut in a 4–0 defeat of NEC to PSV Eindhoven, being replaced in the 72nd minute by Michael Heinloth.

He represented Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand after winning the 2015 African U-20 Championship in Senegal.

On 12 April 2015, he scored a brace on his debut for the Nigeria U-23 team in a match against Zambia, as his team went on to qualify for the 2015 All African Games

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