Everton midfielder Amadou Onana has often been vocal in the media, especially during international breaks when departing Goodison Park to join up with the wealth of talent that his Belgium team boasts.
Much like Romelu Lukaku before him, the 22-year-old seems somewhat seduced by the superstar teammates he then rubs shoulders with, all of whom seem to be suggesting that the next natural move in his career is to leave Merseyside for good.
However, it is fair to say that the 30-year-old marksman has hardly thrived since his departure, and the former LOSC Lille man would do well to heed that warning.
Whilst fans are likely understanding that he will not stay around forever, as a club that has now become accustomed to losing their star assets to more attractive propositions, the least they expect is some grace in engineering their move.
Lukaku did not show that, but at least Onana seems to be.
Having detailed the clubs who had shown an interest in him earlier in the report, he then told Transfermarkt that he has plans to take Everton back to the top before he entertains those moves.
The £100k-per-week maestro first references the ‘connection’ last term’s relegation crisis formed between him and the club, before then citing the ‘golden years’ of the past where he seeks to return his team.
This culminates in the following notion: ‘Everton gave me the chance to play my first games in the Premier League. I want to repay that. I can only do that if I do my best and show good performances.’
How good is Amadou Onana?
It has been an enjoyable season thus far for the nine-cap enforcer, who seems to grow in quality with each passing game week.
His influence is soaring too, and as such manages to exert his will on most games of which he is a part.
A key destructive presence in the engine room, but boasting more than enough quality to turn defence into attack in an instant, his unique physical profile sets him apart from other stars who fulfil such a role.
That is likely why those aforementioned big clubs are sniffing around, with the statistics only backing it up.
In the Premier League, Onana’s 7.16 average rating is only bettered by two of his teammates, and well supported by his defensive figures. To earn such a fine rating, his 2.5 tackles and 6.5 ball recoveries per game showcase his solidity, yet he blends that with an 85% pass accuracy and a further 0.7 key passes per game, via Sofascore.
Should he maintain his form over the rest of the campaign, and continue improving next season, the sky truly is the limit for the Belgian superstar with all the talent to fulfil his promise.