Tyler Onyango has been part of the Finch Farm Academy since the
age of eight, and made his breakthrough into the Under-18s side in the
Coach Paul Tait described Onyango as a ‘machine’ due
to his physicality on the pitch.
"His physicality catches your eye straight away, doesn't it? He's 6ft
3in. He's an absolute machine in terms of his physicality so he catches
your eye straight away,” said Tait.
Tait, however, urged for patience in his development, saying the
player still has a lot to learn.
“His out-of-possession stuff is very good, but I wouldn't get too
carried away. I think we get too carried away sometimes and build these
young players up. I think he's still got loads to do, I've watched all
of his Under-23 games and he's done some good bits and some bits where
it's been a bit too quick for him which is understandable because he's
only 16,”explained Tait.
Tait also described Onyango as a ‘lovely mover’ when his team is in
possession and highlighted they were working on how he handles himself
in tight areas.
"Open the pitch up and you can see, he can run, he's a lovely mover,
so on a big pitch he's fine. But the work we've been doing with him and
the work that we have to continue is working in tight areas in
midfield," Tait concluded.
Onyango made nine appearances for the Everton Under-18s and was
on the scoresheet when the team put 10 past Sunderland and his development was fast-tracked in
October 2019 after David Unsworth handed him his debut with for the U23s in a Premier League International Cup tie against PSV
The gangly midfielder was involved in the Blues’ goal that night, as his pass to
Denis Adeniran saw the ball end up in the back of the net via Anthony
“He's been training with us for a couple of weeks now and he's been
performing like that in training," Unsworth explained. "I've had to find a position and a role
for him in the team because his training performances have warranted him
being in the team,” , expressing his confidence in the
At this point, a regular member of Unsworth's U23s team, Onyango was also an England Under-17 international.
would get to train with the first team and make his senior debut for 5
minutes at the end of an FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. Then he
would be a sub listed for seven Premier League games as part of a bench
expanded to 9 players, most of whom were there to just make up the
numbers with Carlo Ancelotti reluctant to actually give any of the
budding youngsters a proper taste of the big time.
The season should have been Tyler's breakthrough to really show his
mettle for the Under-23s but he only scored 2 goals before suffering a
broken ankle and significant ligament damage that would bring an early
end to his season and keep him sidelined for the rest of the season, the
entire pre-season and the first few months of the new 2021-22 season..
But he made his comeback after nearly 7 months of recovery and
retraining, playing 80 minutes for the U23s against Leeds Utd in October
2021. Rafa Benitez would also bring him back to the senior subs bench
and give him two 1-minute cameos as a late sub in games against Man City
and Chelsea. Duncan Ferguson gave him 25 minutes against Aston
Villa but a hernia problem then cut short his season, requiring an
operation that meant he would miss the summer's US Tour.
Tyler Onyango, after turning 19 in March, signed a new 3-year
deal with the club in July 2022 and secured a season-long loan move to
Burton Albion in League One for the 2022-23 season.
In January 2023, Onyango was recalled from his loan with Burton
Albion, although no reason was apparent. Two weeks later, he would
become Duncan Ferguson's first acquisition in his new job as manager of
Forest Green Rovers when Onyango joined the Nailsworth club on loan for
the rest of the 2022-23 season.
But disaster struck in just his third game for the Rovers, going off
injured after just 21 minutes with a hamstring injury that would put
Tyler on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
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