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Update On The Future Of This Everton Midfielder: What Should Dyche Do?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun offered an update on the future of Everton midfielder Amadou Onana. It has been claimed that the Belgian talent is among a number of players the Toffees will look to offload if they get relegated from the Premier League this season.

Onana’s Difficult Season At Merseyside

Onana is having a tough campaign at Goodison Park as he has struggled to help the Merseyside club be consistent in the English top flight. The 21-year-old has been involved in 33 matches for Everton this season, scoring one goal and grabbing a couple of assists in all competitions.

The Dakar-born sensation has caught the eye at times by averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 1.0 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 84.3% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Goodison Park will expire in the summer of 2027. Therefore, Everton have no immediate need to let him go unless they get relegated this season.

Amadou Onana
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Amadou Onana of Everton FC looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

What Should Dyche Do With Regards To Onana?

Onana is a good tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his side at the centre of the park. He usually clears the danger when needed and can make a few decent plays for others around him.

The Belgian sensation can strike the ball with power and venom from long range as well. He mainly functions as a defensive midfielder but can also fill in as a box-to-box midfielder or as a central defender if his manager asks him to do so.

Thus, losing him will weaken Everton‘s first team considerably going into the new season. If the Toffees get relegated, they would have no choice but to cash in on him so that they can build a strong squad capable of challenging in the EFL Championship next season.

However, if the Merseyside club can avoid getting demoted from the Premier League, Sean Dyche would be wise to keep hold of him for the long run as he still has the potential to become a future star at Goodison Park.

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