Emmanuel Bonaventure has definitely found his scoring boots at Belgian topflight Club Brugge with five goals in barely three weeks into the Jupiler League season. This has drawn the attention of top European sides, including Manchester United, Manchester City and Monaco.
It’s still very cloudy if Club Brugge will entertain any bid having sold Jose Izquierdo to Brighton for £13.5 million. However, a sumptuous deal of around 20 million pounds may be enough to land the Nigerian forward. A lucrative loan deal with the option of a permanent move is also a possibility.
Though, Nigeria’s Super Eagles are embarrassed with attacking options. Still, Bonaventure could force his way into coach Gernot Rohr’s plans if he maintains his remarkable goalscoring form.
The Belgian top flight is not only known for spotting talents but also nurturing them into established
talents. In recent times, top clubs in Europe have preyed talents in the league including Youri Tielemans and Henry Onyekuru who joined Monaco and Everton respectively. Bonaventure may just be the next player to make a move out of Belgian league.
Bonaventure developed his footballing skills in the slums of Nigeria. In order to cut his teeth in professional football, he joined local side, Abuja FC. From there, European sides started hovering around him like vultures. In 2016, as many as five top sides scrambled for his signature. Bonaventure picked Ukrainian side, Zorya Luhansk. In his first European season, the teenager netted six goals in 22 games, helping Yuriy Vernydub’s team finish third in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Afterwards, Club Brugge signed Emmanuel Bonaventure on a four-year deal. The Nigerian adapted swiftly to life at the Jan Breydel Stadium. In the early doors, Brugge has won all three games, scoring nine goals. Bonaventure is responsible for more than half, having notched four times and laced one more.