Amadou Onana displayed impressive performances for Belgium during the international break, and his top form comes at a crucial time for the club in the Premier League, writes the LiverpoolWorld.
The 21-year-old played a full 90 minutes in Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Sweden and their 3-2 win against Germany, where he even wore the captain’s armband for the final 10 minutes, demonstrating the manager’s faith in him. Despite his £33m price tag and five-year contract, Onana struggled to make an impact in the team during an unsuccessful season prior to the arrival of Sean Dyche. However, his recent displays have shown promise and provide a positive sign for Everton’s upcoming matches.
With his dynamic and high-intensity displays, he quickly became a fan favorite and emerged as one of the standout performers for Everton this season. However, he has recently struggled to maintain his excellent form, which could be due to difficulties in adapting to Dyche’s tactics or simply his young age. Nevertheless, his impressive performances for his country should give supporters hope that he can recapture his best form.
During Euro 2024 qualifier against Sweden, he played as a lone central midfielder and showcased a well-rounded performance, registering an 87% pass accuracy, one key pass, and a 100% success rate in dribbling, aerial duels, and long balls. He also won 11 out of 14 duels, exhibiting composure and maturity in his game. Similarly, in a friendly game against Germany, he displayed his exceptional passing ability and commanding presence in midfield. With crucial fixtures ahead in the Premier League, including six games in April and May, Onana will have the opportunity to shine alongside Idrissa Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure, and the pressure will be on him to maintain his impressive form under Dyche.