Tyler Onyango reacts to making Everton Premier League debut
Everton midfielder Tyler Onyango made his Premier League debut against Manchester City on Sunday and is looking forward to more action.
The 18-year-old suffered a serious ankle injury in April and is slowly getting back his match rhythm, and he has told the club’s official website that he feels much better now.
Onyango did not see many minutes at the Etihad Stadium after replacing Allan, but he played the entire game in the Under-23s’ win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night, and is hoping to kick on after overcoming his injury woes.
“A Premier League debut is what you dream about as a kid and to finally get on the pitch was class,” the teenager told evertonfc.com.
“I was made up, all through my rehab, all I was thinking about was getting back on the pitch and around the First Team. To actually do it is brilliant, better than I could have imagined.
“The manager told me to just enjoy it. He has been amazing with me, I trained properly with the First Team during the international break and straight away he was giving me bits of advice, asking me what I think are the biggest weaknesses in my game and looking to improve them.
“He stayed out after training going through extra bits with me. He is a great coach and already trying to add things to my game.
“I am feeling good, match-fit. Monday was my seventh game after injury and I am getting fitter and sharper.”
Many have been calling for Onyango to be involved regularly with the first-team, especially with Abdoulaye Doucoure out injured, and Sunday’s cameo could be the beginning of that.
He has mostly had to build up fitness playing for David Unsworth’s side of recent, but more of him could be seen in Rafa Benitez’s team going forward.
He has done enough to impress the Spaniard and the coaches in training, and his one-on-one sessions with the boss would come in very handy.
The box-to-box midfielder is not on Doucoure’s level just yet, but he has the potential to establish himself in the Everton first-team pretty soon.
Should he keep impressing, Onyango could be playing more minutes than he expects in the coming months given the number of games ahead, and he has proven with the Under-23s that he has the needed talents and skills to break into the senior side sooner rather than later.