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Sports News of Tuesday, 23 June 2020


Taiwo Awoniyi reveals the reason behind his Mouscron success

Nigerian international, Taiwo Awoniyi, has reflected on his successful time with Belgian club side, Mouscron,

Liverpool signed Awoniyi in 2015 but had to loan him out due to his work-permit ineligibility.

Awoniyi joined FSV Frankfurt and NEC in the Netherlands before arriving in Belgium with Royal Excel Mouscron, all on loan.

The Nigerian striker established himself as a senior footballer at the age of just 20, scoring ten goals in his first spell with Mouscron.

Awoniyi's next spell at Gent wasn't as prolific, having scored 3 times in 21 outings, and the loan was cut short in January 2019.

The 22-year-old then re-joined Mouscron and immediately regained his goalscoring touch, bagging himself 11 goals in 16 appearances.

Speaking to Tribal Football about his success at Mouscron, Awoniyi said, "Of course I played more games and got the chance I deserved. I had a great time in Mouscron.

"Football is about your presence being felt and making good use of the chances that comes your way and I think I had both while at Mouscron last season."

Some took it as a surprise that Awoniyi moved on from Belgium after his successful time in the Jupiler Premier League.

And Awoniyi says it was a decision made between himself and Liverpool to take another step in his young career.

"I had two years in Belgium which were great seasons for me and there are lots of reasons why I chose to leave, but Mouscron will always be a club that I respect a lot.

"Leaving for me had always been the plan between me, Liverpool and my agent to fulfil my goals and targets, as I continue to develop my football."

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