New deal for Burton-bound Onyango

27/07/2022 12comments  |  Jump to last

Everton Academy prospect Tyler Onyango, who is 19, has signed a new three-year deal with the club and secured a season-long loan move to Burton Albion for 2022-23.

The highly-rated midfielder played mostly with the Under-23s but got some exposure to life in the senior squad last season with some cameo appearances from the bench before he suffered a hernia problem that required an operation.

Recently recovered from the surgery late last season, he did not travel with the first team on this summer's US Tour but has now committed his future to the Blues until 2025 and will now get the chance to earn regular first-team football in League One.


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Si Pulford
1 Posted 27/07/2022 at
Good news. He's never looked out of his depth when he's come on for the first team so dare I suggest a championship loan would have been better?

Either way, it's invaluable experience for a player the club obviously rate.

Also him going out suggests someone else coming in.

Can't see a negative in this – although this is TW so someone inevitably will!

Shane Corcoran
2 Posted 27/07/2022 at
Is he’s defensive midfielder?
Robert Tressell
3 Posted 27/07/2022 at
Good move for him. A big step up from U23s where he stands out because of his hugeness. Good to see how he performs against really tough operators in proper grown-up football.
Justin Doone
4 Posted 27/07/2022 at
Pleased with the contract extension and Burton should be a good loan for him.

Jimmy F H appears to want to play decent passing football and frequent game time at league 1 level is far better than a championship level sub.

The only surprise is that he's not closer to our own first team opportunity given the poor performances over the last few years.

He's a buig, energetic, defensive midfielder like Doucoure. Not a great passer or presser but is athletic and can protect the defenders.

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 27/07/2022 at
I think they are still waiting for his potential to emerge. I've seen him plenty of times over the last 3 years and I'm still waiting to see it myself.

He's played 25 minutes for the first team in four or five games so he's hardly battering the doors down to get in the team although he has had an injury which kept him out for a few months.

Dupont Koo
6 Posted 28/07/2022 at
Good move. League One is a competitive enough league for someone who is heading out for his first challenge in his career.

He will train with, compete with and play against veterans who fight for their next contracts every day (most of the Football League players play on 1-year contracts), and his eyes will be opened with relatively less comfort and support from coaching and training perspectives (he will not take anything at Finch Farm for granted after this season, not that I'm saying he does).

Fingers crossed that he'll be getting the ideal 2,700 - 3,000+ minutes of competitive football under his belt in the coming season.

Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 28/07/2022 at
I really hope this can be the making of Tyler, and he takes the challenge and fights tooth and nail to adapt and become a better footballer.

The Potential is there but now it’s reality time, but I reckon he has it in his locker to adapt and get better.

I sense that Thelwall, is starting to have influence and is making career improvement plans for the Everton youth and U23s.

Hopefully a few will become first team squad players at Everton.

That would be great but it’s small steps in the rebuild, revamp, rejuevenation of the football structure and stratedgy at Finch Farm and Everton FC.

Hope eternal.

Phill Thompson
8 Posted 29/07/2022 at
I saw that he has been using the same personal trainer that Gordon used, that could really help him. Some youngsters of his height struggle for a few years to adapt to their body as they grow, then about 20/21 things settle down. Declan Rice was someone who experienced this.
Tony Everan
9 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Interesting to know that Phill. During the last summer break Anthony came back as fit as a butchers dog.He committed to it at the right time. I watched the Ronaldo documentary and how he relentlessly worked on his overall fitness with the Man U trainer when he joined as a youngster. That extra level of fitness I think is an essential platform in helping to become an elite player. Hopefully Tyler Onyango can have a great season at Burton and come back as a contender.
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Tony (9), I beg to differ on the state of Anthony Gordon’s fitness at the start of last season, yes his obvious football ability came to the fore but Benitez said he couldn’t last ninety minutes and under him he was substituted a few times after the sixty minute mark but he definitely improved under Benitez and remarked that Mr. Benitez had given him confidence to improve his game.

Later on in the last couple of months of the season Anthony was knackered at the end of games but that was because he had put so much effort into his game and was played in every match, I think, not blaming Lampard for that, in fact the manager trusted him but had hardly anyone else to play in that position.

You and Phill are correct that the extra fitness will help to improve the overall game of players and it certainly helped Ronaldo and also Anthony but being honest the personnel trainers can’t improve the skill level of players, or can they?

Tony Everan
11 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Dave, it's a fair point. Stamina was an issue to keep up the level of intensity he brings for 90 minutes. The fitness issue I was trying to convey was that of improving his core strength. The ability to mix it with Premier League defenders on a level physical playing field.

I was trying to recall an article I read a while back about his training regime. He came out of it looking like a lightweight boxer ready for a world title fight. I think that the core strength he has gained has given him a great platform for his talent. As you say, the stamina issues have needed attention, but that will get better I think next season and onwards.

Inside 'army camp' of Everton star Anthony Gordon with Serie A striker and Liverpool personal trainer

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Fair enough, Tony, his performances did improve quite a lot last season and possibly since I first saw him as a 16-year-old, he was in the game for the whole time he was on the field, especially when he didn't have the ball, pressing with a lot more intent than Iwobi, whose game also improved but unfortunately not when it came to full-blooded tackles.

Anthony has enormous potential that Everton can reap the benefit of in the coming years. Hopefully he won't be sacrificed in this window to bring cash in to enable the club to buy more players, although it has been stated by the club they have no intention of letting him go!!

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