·26 January 2023
·26 January 2023
Everton will not want to lose midfielder Amadou Onana, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Belgium international only joined the Toffees last summer but has recently been linked to both Chelsea and Arsenal.
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in signing Onana.
The 21-year-old joined Everton from Lille in a £33m deal back in August, as reported by BBC Sport, and was an addition former manager Frank Lampard had a lot of faith in.
“He has many great qualities to help strengthen our midfield and, at just 20-years-old, has massive potential to get even better,” Lampard told Everton’s official club website.
“I spoke to him about why Everton was the right club for him and we’re all looking forward to him showing what he can bring to the team.”
O’Rourke expects Everton to be reluctant to let Onana go this month.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, the journalist said: “Obviously, it’s difficult times for Everton. We know they have got financial problems as well, which has affected them in the transfer market, but Onana has probably been Everton’s shining light so far this season.
“He’s really impressed since his move from Lille. I’m sure Everton don’t want to lose him because they’ll need to keep all of their best players if they are to have any chance of staying up.”
No. He has definitely been one of Everton’s better players this season and his stats prove it.
WhoScored, Onana is making 2.6 tackles per Premier League game. Only Yerry Mina and Nathan Patterson (both three) are averaging more.
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He is also winning 1.7 aerial duels a match, putting him in the top four Everton players for that category.
The above shows that the former Lille man is a good ball-winner and can compete in the air. With the Toffees caught up in a relegation battle, ultimately, he is not the kind of midfielder they will want to lose.
It looks like they have a good chance of keeping him, though, with another report from the Evening Standard claiming that Onana has actually turned down an approach from Chelsea.
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