By Daniel Feliciano

27th Nov, 2022 | 3:10pm

Jermaine Jenas loves Everton ace Amadou Onana after what he did at 2022 World Cup for Belgium

Jermaine Jenas has heaped praise on Belgium and Everton midfielder Amadou Onana after his performances at the World Cup against Canada and Morocco.

Onana came on as a substitute in the opening game against Canada and started against Morocco and was one of the standout performers with his energy, passing and physical presence in midfield.

Everton splashed the cash to bring him in during the summer window, paying Lille upwards of £30m and Jenas admitted while on commentary on the BBC (27 November, 13:31) that he feels he’s been a good signing although there are still some flaws to address in his game.

“Onana has been a decent addition to Everton’s midfield,” he said.

“He’s a handful but there are some flaws in his game, he is still raw.

“But Belgium really need him in this midfield. I like Tielemens but sometimes he is too easily bypassed and Onana really helped settle the midfield when he came on against Canada.”


Frank Lampard identified central midfield as a key area of the Everton team that needed to be improved during the summer, and you can see why Onana was the number one target.

He’s so big physically, but he also has fantastic technical ability that allows him to really be a threat all over the pitch as well as an engine and a great hunger to succeed.

It’s the perfect remedy to become one of the top midfielders in the world, and if we hadn’t already sealed a deal to bring him in last summer then you can be sure another side would be paying even more to sign him after this World Cup.

While we all obviously want him to do well, no Toffees will be complaining too much if this struggling Belgium side don’t go all the way as it means he can return and get a rest before the season resumes.

We’re going to need every bit of his quality in the second half of the season as we try to avoid another relegation battle, but the signs of his quality and ability are great.