Awoniyi is part of Bundesliga Team of the Week



INFORM Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been named to Germany’s Bundesliga Team of the Week for Matchday 7 after scoring a brace in Union Berlin’s 2-1 win over Mainz on Sunday.

Awoniyi scored twice in four minutes as the Union came from behind to beat 10-man Mainz at MEWA Arena, giving his top-flight team their third win of the season, taking 12 points in seven games. .

In a 4-3-3 formation, the Nigerian was paired with Patrik Schick of Bayer Leverkusen and Breel Embolo of Borussia Mönchengladbach. There was no room for Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski who failed to score as his side suffered a 2-1 loss to Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena.

In midfield, Christopher Nkunku from Leipzig, Ellyes Skhiri from Cologne and Florian Wirtz from Leverkusen made the cut while Raphael Guerreiro from Dortmund, Marc-Oliver Kempf from Stuttgart, Josko Gvardiol from Leipzig and Jeremie Frimpong from Leverkusen are in defense.

Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer is in goal after an impressive performance in his 3-1 win over Wolfsburg.

However, Mainz 05 sporting director Christian Heidel says he is disappointed his side have failed to sign fit Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi from Liverpool despite their efforts to do so.

The Nigerian went through a scorching spell during his loan spell at Mainz in the 2019/20 season, scoring just once in 12 league appearances and was not Achim Beierlorzer’s favorite striker.

Awoniyi was on loan at the Union in the 2020/21 season on loan from Liverpool, but although he scored just five goals in 22 appearances in all competitions in an injury-plagued season, the The German team had sufficiently seen his talent by spending 6.5 million euros. to sign it permanently.

Despite his difficult time at the club, Heidel said they would have loved to sign the Nigerian but due to financial constraints and Liverpool’s inability to give them a discount.

“I have always loved him. As you have rightly seen, ”Heidel said of Awoniyi.

“It was in the market, but we couldn’t fund it, we talked about it, but I didn’t get a cut,” Heidel added.

Awoniyi has scored eight goals in 12 appearances across all competitions, five of them coming to the league after seven appearances while providing two assists.

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