Everton boss Sean Dyche has revealed he will be looking to call in a favour from one of his former players to assist in the progress of Toffees midfielder Amadou Onana.
Onana has had an eye-catching debut season at Goodison Park since his £33 million move from Ligue 1 side Lille last summer, and put in an indefatigable performance in the 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
Indeed, the Belgian international is a prodigious talent, and Everton boss Sean Dyche has stated that he will be looking to Onana’s countryman Steven Defour to help the 21-year-old fulfil his obvious potential.
Defour played 3 seasons under Dyche at Turf Moor, featuring in 51 league games and had an 11-year international career with Belgium, earning 52 caps for his country.
The Everton boss said, “He (Onana) has got a lot to learn. I think he is a talent [but] the ugly side of the game he has to learn.
“He is a young man who is learning. He has come in here with real talent and is fantastic physically and we will get him fitter and sharper and teach him the ugly side of the game and to be a more complete player.
“He has a lot to offer but has a long way to go to become a complete player and Steven (Defour) will help me possibly educate him.
He is a well-respected international footballer for Belgium and he will rub off on him. If he doesn’t, I’ll rub off on him.”
A gifted and consistent midfielder, Defour’s won 9 trophies throughout his career, including 2 Belgian Pro League’s with Standard Liege and 2 Primeira Liga’s with Portuguese outfit FC Porto.
A consistent and gifted midfielder, Defour has a wealth of experience that Amadou Onana could benefit from, and if he continues on his current trajectory, the young man is surely destined for stardom.