Amadou Onana was, again, a star performer for Everton in their victory over Arsenal today. Is he the best midfielder in the Premier League outside of the traditional ‘Top 6’?
Eyebrows were raised when Everton splashed a reported £33 million on Belgian midfielder, Amadou Onana despite the club struggling financially in recent seasons.
The former LOSC Lille man became Everton’s most expensive signing in the summer window, with his price tag coming in at about £13 million more than the toffee’s second most expensive signing of the window, Dwight McNeil for around £20 million.
Onana spent just one season in France with Lille, playing 43 times for the French giants before completing his move to Everton.
Since moving to Goodison Park, Everton have really struggled for consistency and results. However, the 21-year-old has been, by far, one of the blues’ best performers.
He scored his first Everton goal in his side’s 2-1 loss to Southampton at Goodison Park, but his goal contributions fail to represent the impact he has on the Everton team.
He arguably put in his best performance today against the league leaders, helping Sean Dyche to his first win in his first game as Everton manager.
Onana leads his team in successful tackles made per game, ahead of Idrissa Gana-Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure, and he also sits 2nd in the club for possession won in the final third.
Chelsea and Arsenal were both heavily linked with a move for Amadou Onana during the January transfer window. However, the Belgian reportedly turned down by potential moves away from Everton, wanting to stay and help his side to earn Premier League safety.
Is Amadou Onana the best midfielder outside of the Top 6?