Out of all Everton’s summer recruits, the ones that have been handed meaningful minutes have seemingly made a difference with the Toffees now boasting the second-best defence in the Premier League having shipped just six goals.
Someone who’s come in for praise is 21-year-old Onana having started four games under Frank Lampard thus far but already, his manager has been singing his praises insisting he’s been ‘really impressive’.
However, on Sunday afternoon, Scott believes that the midfielder was far from that level on Sunday.
“I thought he just didn’t know where to be at, in time he’s going to be a really good footballer you can see that, but I don’t think positionally he knew where to be on the football field at times, was he trying to help support Alex Iwobi and Neal Maupay, was he trying to play too deep, was he trying to play central?
Have you been impressed by Onana so far?
“I didn’t know where he fitted in this midfield to be honest, and I thought if I was scoring him on match ratings, I’d say maybe a 6.5-7, listen, you can never pick out his effort and everything else, I just thought he looked a little bit lost at times.”
TIF Thoughts on Onana…
It’s no surprise that Onana had a slightly below-par performance for Everton given he’s been thrown into the action almost immediately since joining the club and is still just 21, so his body is still getting used to football at the highest level.
Prior to Onana’s move to Everton, the midfielder had just one full season of first-team experience in a top division under this belt out in Ligue 1, so it may well have come as a surprise as to how well he’s performed straight away at Goodison Park.
The fact that Frank Lampard now has options on his bench to switch up the centre of midfield with the likes of James Garner and Allan waiting in the wings, there won’t be as much pressure on Onana to be fit and firing every single game.