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Sports News of Tuesday, 9 August 2022


What does Onana’s arrival at Everton mean to Iwobi’s first team chances?

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Everton have completed the signing of 20-year-old Belgian international Amadou Onana from Lille

Standing at 6’5”, Onana has an instantly noticeable frame and a height advantage that may see him settle to life in the Premier League quickly.

Only joining Lille 12 months ago, the player has moved for five times what was invested on his acquisition last season. At Everton, he’s also slotting into a midfield that needs improvement.

Alex Iwobi played in the #6 role against Chelsea and impressed with his industry and energetic poise.

His performance was seen by Frank Lampard as a reassuring one of his readiness for responsibility and Everton fans also reiterated their manager’s position.

For Abdoulaye Doucoure whom Lampard also praised, they don’t accept the same.

Doucoure has strides and an ability to cover every blade of grass but he hasn’t had the sort of impact many saw of him at Watford. In the last six to eight months, Iwobi has been one of Everton’s best players and his return to form was significant to their survival in the Premier League last season. This, however, is a new season and there’s a player to contend with.

What difference does Onana bring to Everton?In the Ligue 1 last season, according to Whoscored, only Jean Onana completed more tackles than Amadou Onana per 90 mins for players aged under 23.