Amadou Onana, an important selection at the best time? – All football

Amadou Onana, an important selection at the best time? – All football

Two new faces will therefore appear with the Red Devils next week, for the League of Nations matches: Loïs Openda and Amadou Onana. Both will have Qatar in mind.

Amadou Onana will have taken his troubles patiently this season, both at LOSC and in selection. Transferred last summer from Hamburg to Lille, he will have ultimately played a more than satisfactory season for a first experience in Ligue 1 (41 appearances in all competitions), but was not always an option for Jocelyn Gouvernnec’s eleven. Worse: training midfielder, he was sometimes carried around left to right, used as a 10 or as a central defender. Not the ideal way to show off your qualities.

It was this versatility, however, that also convinced Roberto Martinez. “He is versatile and can play in several positions, but in Espoirs, he especially flourished in the position of defensive midfielder. The idea is to develop him in 6”, underlines however the coach, and this will certainly reassure the player . It is indeed hard to imagine Onana playing a role behind the attacker or in defense with the Red Devils. As a defensive midfielder, however, Amadou has a role to play in a position where his very powerful profile is a bit lacking.

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A selection at the best time…

For several reasons, this selection ofAmadou Onana arrives at the right time. First of all, in this wide review of the workforce (32 selected), the competition is not huge in the midfield behind the executives. Only Witsel and Dendoncker act as 6 pures. With four games in 10 days, Onana can therefore hope for playing time. The absences of Sambi Lokonga and Mangala will allow him to take a little lead over them for Qatar if he performs well. We know in particular that Martinez is not at all a fan of Sambi …

From a slightly more cynical point of view, this selection also makes it possible to take aback…the other nations that can call Onana. We know it: the young man from Lille has ambition and a clear career plan. Belgium, top 5 in the world, is therefore his n°1 choice on the sporting level and his choice of the heart. But Amadou Onana was born in Dakar, and Senegal also has plenty of appeal as recent African champions. The player regularly returns to his country of origin and has real roots there. If the Teranga Lions had come knocking at the door, the choice would have been difficult. Same observation for Cameroon, country of Amadou’s father, qualified for the World Cup. This does not deceive: after the announcement of the selection of Martinez, the media of the two countries relay the information by underlining the choice of the player. All the better for us…

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