Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru has been named the Most Promising Player of the Year at the 2017 Soulier d’Or awards in Belgium.
The award picks out the brightest young player in the Belgian Jupiler League, with the Blues’ Onyekuru edging Wolfsburg’s former Oostende forward Landry Dimata, and KV Mechelen’s Hassane Bandé.
Onyekuru had a strong 2017 for, first, Eupen and then Belgian giants Anderlecht, whom he joined on loan soon after signing for Everton over the summer.
Onyekuru who is currently recuperating from a knee injury he sustained in December won the award ahead of Mechelen’s Hassan Bandé and Landry Dimata.
The former Aspire Academy player polled 219 votes while Bande and Dimata recorded 162 and 128 votes respectively.
The 20-year-old scored 22 goals for Eupen last season and has added nine goals in 19 Belgian top flight appearances for Anderlecht until his injury.
Anderlecht also posted a congratulatory message via their Twitter handle to the forward on the award.
Meanwhile, three other Nigerian players Uche Agbo (Standard Liege), Samuel Kalu (Gent) and Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron) were also named in shortlist for the most Promising Player of the Year at the 2017 Soulier d’Or awards.
Agbo finished 13th in the poll with 25 votes while Kalu and Awoniyi in 17th and 23rd position earned 17 and three votes respectively.