In a recent interview with La Capitale, Everton midfielder Amadou Onana offered an update on his future at the Merseyside club. Onana refused to rule out a January exit from Everton as he said,
“I’m not going to say that it (international duty) is my main source of motivation because I take very seriously the task that I have with Everton, namely, to help the club to survive.
“But I must admit that this change in atmosphere and finding a team with high quality players changes the mood. Mentally, it does me a lot of good.
“That was my goal at the start of the season.
“But like I said, I don’t have a crystal ball. I am not able to tell you what will happen in the future. For the moment, I remain 100% focused on my performance on the pitch. This is what will determine my future and that of the club.”
Onana’s Solid Campaign At Merseyside
Onana has made a strong start to this campaign after he put in a handful of solid performances at the heart of Sean Dyche’s midfield. The 22-year-old has picked up one assist in ten matches for the Toffees this season in various competitions.
The Belgian talent has anchored the midfield well by averaging 2.8 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.8 clearances, 1.4 shots and 0.9 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even distributed possession relatively well after completing 84.2% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).
What Should Dyche Do With Regards To Onana?
Onana is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed and usually generates a lot of venom with his shot attempts.
The Belgian sensation can even create some decent plays for others around him but needs to find a way to be more consistent in the Premier League.
At the moment, Onana remains an important member of Sean Dyche’s first XI. Hence, the Everton head coach simply cannot afford to lose him in the upcoming January transfer window. The Toffees should at least look to keep hold of him until next summer before deciding on his future.