How does imminent signing Amadou Onana compare to Everton midfielders?
Everton are close to completing the signing of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, but how does the wonder compare to his future midfield teammates?
After breaking onto the scene and establishing himself in the Lille first team this season, the Toffees have moved to beat Premier League rivals West Ham in the race to sign the midfielder. [The Times]
The 20-year-old is a special blend of dynamism and agility while having the flair and precise passing ability capable of breaking the lines with intricate through balls.
But, how does the Lille enforcer compare to Everton’s current midfield options despite playing considerably less minutes than them?
Onana v Doucoure v Allan?
Born in Senegal, he came through Belgian side S.V. Zulte Waregem’s youth system before joining Hoffenheim’s youth team and then Hamburg on a free transfer in 2020.
At Die Rothosen, he made 26 appearances and his impressive performances enticed Lille to make a £7m move for him just the next summer.
Regarding his player profile, the first thing that obviously stands out about the 20-year-old is his tall frame, and standing at six-foot-four, it is no surprise that he has the highest aerial-winning rate, winning a header every 54 minutes last season, compared to Abdoulaye Doucoure who won a header every 58 minutes last season. [FBRef]
Defensively, Onana excels, making an interception every 40 minutes last season, compared to Doucoure who made an interception every 62 minutes and Allan who made an interception every 51 minutes. [FBRef]
The Belgium international is a fantastic tackler, as shown by his tackle rate of a successful tackle every 26 minutes last term, a rate that trumps Doucoure’s tackle rate of 33 minutes and Allan’s tackle rate of 28 minutes. [FBRef]
The timing of his tackles is also a useful skill in Onana’s arsenal, as shown by the fact that he only received two yellow cards last term.
This compared to Doucoure who received six bookings and Allan who received seven bookings shows that not only is Onana a tough tackler, but is a player who rarely goes in for a challenge and comes away without the ball.
The stats show that in signing Onana Everton are not only significantly upgrading their midfield in the immediate future, but for years to come.
In other Everton news, the club are close to resigning Gana Gueye.