At the half against Crystal Palace, Everton’s Sean Dyche made the rather unexpected decision to substitute Idrissa Gueye for Amadou Onana.
But the substitution proved to be a masterstroke, as the Toffees won 3-2 on the road thanks to the substitute’s match-winning goal.
But after the match, one of the first questions the media asked the Everton manager was about the half-time substitution. Dyche answered that it had to do with the midfielder’s recent calf injury, which the player’s agency later partially verified to RTL Info in Belgium.
The national team’s impending international break and Onana’s significance to their plans will have been their main concerns, but Mélissa Onana stated, “He’s doing very well,” so all is great. These are merely safety precautions.
Everton supporters should be reassured by this, as they may have been concerned that something more serious would result from it.
As he did the previous season, Onana has been essential to the Toffees’ efforts to move up the standings. The Goodison Park team has won six of its last seven Premier League games, including two away victories over West Ham and Crystal Palace.