By Sean Fisher

10th Nov, 2022 | 2:11pm

Everton 'metronome' Amadou Onana praised for dynamism and leadership amid Marouane Fellaini comparison

Roberto Martinez recently called up Amadou Onana for Belgium’s World Cup squad and gave a glistening review of the Everton midfielder.

Onana is the latest Toffees star to be called up for the Qatar World Cup, with the 21-year-old part of Martinez’s Belgium squad.

Onana joined Everton in the summer for €40million [Guardian] and has gone from strength to strength at Goodison Park to catch Martinez’s eye.

With his seat now booked on the plane to Qatar, Martinez was full of praise for Onana. The midfielder, described by Dutch outlet HLN as “Everton’s metronome”, was labelled a “unique profile” by Martinez.

“Someone with such physical presence and dynamism is needed, just think of [Marouane] Fellaini in 2018,” added the Belgium boss.

“He is also a leader on the pitch who has made strides in his career. From Germany, to France and now the Premier League… He deserves this.”

Everton’s metronome

Onana has been an inspired addition to Frank Lampard’s squad, with the young midfielder adding power, physicality and technical quality to the middle of the park.

Alongside midfield partners Alex Iwobi and Idrissa Gueye, Everton seem to have a settled and stable midfield trio capable of going head-to-head with any midfield in the Premier League.

It’s a credit to Lampard and his eye for midfield talent that Onana has come in and had such a huge impact, and his absence was felt dearly when the Toffees were smashed 4-1 by Bournemouth in the EFL Cup.

Hopefully Onana heads to Qatar and gains even more experience on international duty so that he returns to Goodison Park full of energy and confidence for when the Premier League returns in December.

Martinez describing Onana as a “leader” at just 21 years old shows just how mature and experienced he already is, and hopefully he’s ready to settle down in Merseyside for a long time.