Keeper André Onana is developing rapidly at Ajax

The 22-year-old Cameroonian goalkeeper is dreaming of a return to Barcelona, but also Tottenham is in the picture.


In January 2015, made André Onana for 150,000 euro to the switch from the U19 near Barcelona to Amsterdam, where he was in may last year of a contract extension signed until 2021. ‘Check your hands’, it is an opinion that the Cameroon goalie many times and got doelmannentrainer Carlo l’ami in the Netherlands. Because the jeugdproduct of the Samuel Eto’o academy, served his style of play firmly to be fit for the Premier league. His hands were diagonally behind the ball, and no longer on the side, such as Onana was accustomed to do. That rough work he brought home from Cameroon and Catalonia, where he since the summer of 2010 lingered. But even after six years under the bar at the youth teams of Barça felt Onana itself quickly to the multiple Spanish champion no future for him.

In a youth game between the U19 teams of Barcelona, in the Mini Right, played Onana is in the spotlight of the Ajaxdirectieleden Marc Overmars and Edwin van der Sar. Consultant Tscheu La Ling made in his report about the technical heart of the Amsterdammers firewood of his coming. ‘After a chance encounter with the goalkeeper coach of Barcelona showed that they were happy of Onana.’

Hesitant start

The first half of the year was particularly hard for Onana at Ajax. But are (limited) technique was ever fine-tuned by L’ami. When Jasper Cillessen in August 2016, for 13 million euros left for Barcelona, there was head coach Peter Bosz , who immediately made for clarity: you become the new number one.

Onana began hesitantly, and made in the beginning often errors. The Kameroener keepte uncontrolled, unmotivated, and coached his defense insufficient. Each initiative was lacking. But pretty soon became the goalie is also more complete. He made ever greater use of his stature and athletic ability. Self-confidence increased, the respect increased, and he revealed himself in the Premier league and Champions League to puntenpakker. Onana throws for each ball and collects therefore increasingly fewer goals. Just like predecessors, Stanley Menzo (ex-Lierse) and Kenneth Vermeer (ex-Club Brugge) is the goalkeeper in the zestienmetergebied, since he was far from his goal.

African Footballer of the Year?

Among the ten remaining candidates belongs Onana for the award of African footballer of the year, as a replacement for Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). The list looks nice, with crackers like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Sadio Mané (Liverpool) and Salah on the shortlist.

Recently it became known that Tottenham to the spectacular goalkeeper thinks, while last summer, also Ol. Marseille is still a specific transferpiste formed. But according to Spanish media would be ex-employer Barcelona Onana think, if Cillessen – the current duplication of Marc-Andre ter Stegen – depart from Catalonia. “There were certainly no direct contacts,” explained the eightfold international to Marca. ‘I heard myself, in any case, still nothing. But Barcelona was always my home. It would be a dream to return. That would be really something great. If I have a few free days am, I’m also regularly have to come along to hello. For me it is always fine. Because in La Masía, I was very well helped as a child.’

frédéric vanheule

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