Everton’s promising midfielder Amadou Onana has been recognized as one of the top young footballers in the world under the age of 21, relays the TBR.
ESPN journalist Tor-Kristian Karlsen compiled a list of the 39 best male footballers in this age group, which included notable names like Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona’s Pedri. Onana was ranked 25th on the list, thanks in part to his impressive performances this season. The Belgian player, who led his country to a 3-2 victory over Germany on Tuesday, joined Everton in a £35m deal from Lille last summer and has provided a rare source of excitement for fans of the Toffees.
ESPN provides a comprehensive evaluation of the best young footballers, highlighting both their strengths and weaknesses. To be included in the top 39, a player must demonstrate outstanding potential.
In the case of 21-year-old Amadou Onana, Everton’s midfielder, ESPN’s journalist Tor-Kristian Karlsen notes that “Onana is also hard to dispossess — especially when he sets off on a forward burst with the ball”, which complements his frequent ball recoveries, aerial dominance, and tackling, relieving the pressure on Everton’s defense. However, his first touch could be improved, and he should be less predictable when he has time and space.
Despite being linked with Arsenal and Chelsea during the January transfer window, Onana remains committed to Everton. Although Everton is still battling for Premier League survival, Onana’s future at the club may depend on whether they stay in the top-flight. Nevertheless, Everton fans can enjoy the talents of one of the world’s best young male players as he learns and improves at Goodison Park.