liverpool’s awoniyi returns to mouscron on loan

15:00    14 Jan 2019

Jagielonia's Nemanja Mitrovic (L) and Taiwo Awoniyi (C) of KAA Gent
Liverpool’s Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi has returned to Royal Excel Mouscron on loan following an underwhelming campaign with Gent in the first half of the season.

The 21-year-old will remain at Stade Le Canonnier until the end of the campaign after struggling for first-team action with the Buffaloes.

The Nigerian spent all of the 2017/18 season on loan with the Mouscron outfit, where he racked up 10 goals and seven assists in 31 appearances.

This season with Gent, despite scoring three goals [one in the Europa League and two efforts in the Belgian Cup], Awoniyi has been unable to find the back of the net in 16 league outings for Jess Thorup's side.

The forward was limited to 10 starts in 22 outings in all competitions and the Reds have moved swiftly to secure a return for him to the club where he enjoyed an impressive run in front of goal last season.

“Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has joined Royal Excel Mouscron on loan for the rest of the season, subject to international clearance, after his spell with KAA Gent was ended early,” read a club statement.

Awoniyi joined the Premier League giants outfit from the Imperial Soccer Academy in 2015 and signed a new long-term contract in 2018 before his departure to Belgium.

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