Jermaine Jenas reacts to Amadou Onana as Everton man makes World Cup debut
Jermaine Jenas felt Amadou Onana “added something” for Belgium in their group stage clash against Canada as the Everton man made his World Cup debut.
The 21-year-old was introduced for Roberto Martinez’s side at halftime with Belgium 1-0 up thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s strike.
Onana made a lung-busting run in the second half and was denied an effort on goal by a last-ditch tackle and Jenas felt his introduction made a difference for Belgium.
“He doesn’t seem to be complaining about it much, it was probably a fair tackle but he’s added something in the midfield, Onana,” said Jenas (BBC Coverage, 20:25, 23 November).
Featuring in a World Cup at the age of 21 will be an invaluable experience for the midfielder, who has performed well since moving to Goodison Park. International football provides a different test for younger players and if he can get minutes of Belgium he will come back full of confidence.
It’s clear Onana has plenty of admirers in the national team set-up, with Martinez praising him after his call-up to the World Cup squad. With Onana still in the early part of his career, Frank Lampard will be hoping the youngster can be one of his key men for the years to come.
He certainly fits the bill when it comes to the type of player Everton want to take the club forward. He’s got bundles of potential and could well go on to be a huge asset for the Toffees.
Let’s hope he earns himself more minutes for Belgium over their next two group-stage fixtures. His stock could already be rising.