Everton’s prodigious talent Amadou Onana possesses all the qualities to become a “midfield powerhouse” in the Premier League, according to former Belgian international Steven Defour.
As reported in the Liverpool Echo, Defour has spoken with Everton’s 21-year-old midfielder at the request of manager Sean Dyche, ensuring a comprehensive approach in the development of the Toffees £33 million man.
Defour knows the Everton boss well, having played fifty-one Premier League games under Sean Dyche at Turf Moor between 2016-2019, scoring twice.
Indeed, the former Porto star was part of the Burnley side who recorded a 7th-placed finish in the Premier League during the 2017/18 campaign, bringing Europa League football to the Lancashire club.
Indeed, as the Liverpool Echo reported after Everton’s 1-0 over Arsenal earlier this month, Sean Dyche had planned a meeting between the two midfield maestros, with Onana’s continued progression as a key figure within the team clearly a priority for the Everton boss.
Amadou Onana already a Premier League favourite at Goodison Park
Evertonians have taken Amadou Onana to their hearts, as the former Lille man has wasted little time in acclimating to life in the Premier League, establishing himself as a key player in the heart of Everton’s midfield.
His pace and power in possession can be integral to Everton’s attack, as evidenced in the recent 1-0 win over Arsenal, when the Belgian was unfortunate not to claim an assist following a bursting run down the left flank, his ball across the face of goal inches away from finding a teammate.
Indeed, Onana, who scored his first goal for the Toffees in January’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton, came close to doubling his Everton tally during last week’s 1-0 win over Leeds United, his effort from the edge of the eighteen-yard-box narrowly missing the target.
The 22-year-old’s strength and aerial presence also make him an obdurate opponent defensively, putting in a man of the match display in the victory over Leeds. With four aerial duels, four recoveries and two successful tackles, Onana has the making of a complete midfielder.
There are high hopes for the Belgian at Goodison Park, who arrived on the blue half of Merseyside last summer from Ligue 1 side Lille, and if his current trajectory continues, Everton could have a serious player on their hands.