View: Amadou Onana must grab World Cup chance for himself and Everton
Amadou Onana made his World Cup debut for Belgium in their 1-0 win over Canada – and it’s crucial he grabs the chance for himself and Everton.
The experience of playing at the World Cup will do absolute wonders for his development, and at 21 there’s still plenty of learning for Onana to do. It’s been a rollercoaster year for the midfielder, with his big-money move to Goodison Park and receiving a call-up to the Belgium squad for Qatar.
Onana was introduced to the action at half time and BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas felt the Everton midfielder “added something” for the Red Devils (BBC Coverage, 20:25, 23 November).
He is clearly highly thought of amongst the national team set-up and will be given more opportunities in their upcoming matches. Roberto Martinez has previously referred to the youngster as “one of the most exciting prospects in Europe” after his move to Merseyside (Sky Sports, 10 August).
Performing on the international stage against the World’s best players could be the perfect opportunity for Onana to take his game to the next level. He’s been a hit at Goodison Park thus far, but there are undoubtedly areas of his play that he must improve.
We often see lesser-known players break out at major international tournaments, with James Rodriguez being one of the most high-profile names to emerge from the Brazil World Cup in 2014. Players’ values can skyrocket due to a good World Cup.
Everton won’t have any intentions of selling Onana anytime soon, but he could certainly see his worth rise over the coming weeks. He was always signed to be an asset for Everton in the future and this experience could go a long way in ensuring he will be worth a considerable amount for the club in the future.
Evertonians will be hoping for his rise to continue after an excellent year for the 21-year-old.
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