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Onana Everton shirt number revealed

The midfielder has picked what number he will wear for the Blues this season

Everton Unveil New Signing Amadou Onana Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Everton have announced the signing of midfielder Amadou Onana on a five-year contract. The Belgium international will turn 21 in less than a fortnight and is the fourth Blues signing of the summer transfer window, joining James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil, the latter pair being confirmed last week. The total sum is said to be close to £35 million, with Lille putting a 20% sell-on clause should the Blues choose to move him on later.

Onana only moved to Lille last summer from Hamburger SV after a strong campaign in 2. Bundesliga, but made an immediate impression in Ligue 1 as well. Tall and powerfully built, he excels at retaining the ball even though he often lines up in the central defensive midfield role. After a number of appearances at youth level for the Belgian national side, he made his senior debut this summer under former Blues manager Roberto Martinez.

The defensive midfielder will be wearing the #8 shirt for the Toffees, having worn the #24, #8 and #4 at Lille, and #24 at Hamburger before that. Speaking during his signing he said he picked the shirt number in memory of his sporting hero, the late Kobe Bryant.

The Toffees are expected to be busy during the summer transfer window with Lampard looking to further strengthen the overall midfield and also add some attacking firepower especially with the departure of Richarlison.

The #8 shirt at Everton was until most recently worn by Fabian Delph until his departure this last summer. Other players to have worn the legendary number include - André Gomes (18/19), Ross Barkley (16/17), Bryan Oviedo (12/13 - 15/16), Louis Saha (09/10 - 11/12), Segundo Castillo (08/09), Andy Johnson (06/07 - 07/08), James Beattie (04/05 - 05/06), Tomasz Radzinski (01/02 - 03/04), Alex Nyarko (00/01), Nick Barmby (97/98 - 99/00), Paul Rideout (95/96 - 96/97), Graham Stuart (93/94 - 94/95), Peter Beagrie (91/92), Peter Beardsley (91/92 - 92/93), Kevin Sheedy (90/91 - 91/92), Neil McDonald (90/91), Mike Milligan (90/91), Graeme Sharp (89/90), John Ebbrell (88/89 - 90/91), Pat Nevin (88/89), Peter Reid (88/89), Stuart McCall (88/89 - 90/91), Trevor Steven (88/89), Ian Snodin (87/88), Wayne Clarke (87/88), Alan Harper (86/87), Trevor Steven (86/87), Gary Lineker (85/86), Paul Wilkinson (84/85), Alan Harper (84/85), Terry Curran (84/85), Graeme Sharp (84/85), Andy Gray (83/84 - 84/85), Trevor Steven (83/84), Kevin Richardson (83/84), David Johnson (82/83), Graeme Sharp (82/83), Andy King (82/83 - 83/84), Adrian Heath (81/82 - 87/88), Kevin Richardson (81/82), Eamon O’Keefe (81/82), Alan Biley (81/82), Steve McMahon (81/82 - 82/83), Trevor Ross (81/82), Howard Kendall (81/82), Asa Hartford (80/81), Graeme Sharp (80/81), Peter Eastoe (79/80 - 81/82), Billy Wright (79/80), Gary Stanley (79/80), Colin Todd (79/80), Andy King (79/80), Pat Heard (78/79), Trevor Ross (78/79), Jim Pearson (77/78), Terry Darracott (77/78), Andy King (76/77), Roger Kenyon (76/77), Jim Pearson (74/75), Martin Dobson (74/75 - 78/79), Dave Clements (73/74), Joe Harper (73/74), Mick Lyons (73/74), Jimmy Husband (73/74), Colin Harvey (73/74 - 74/75), Howard Kendall (72/73), Mike Bernard (72/73 - 73/74), Mick Buckley (71/72 - 73/74), Terry Darracott (71/72 - 72/73), Henry Newton (71/72 - 72/73), Alan Wilson (71/72 - 72/73), John Hurst (71/72), Colin Harvey (71/72), Billy Kenny (70/71 - 71/72), Tommy Jackson (70/71), Alan Whittle (68/69), Roger Kenyon (67/68), Ernie Hunt (67/68), Jimmy Husband (67/68), Alex Young (67/68), Derek Temple (67/68), Alan Ball (66/67 - 71/72), Mike Trebilcock (65/66), Gerry Humphreys (65/66), Joe Royle (65/66 - 66/67), John Hurst (65/66), Jimmy Gabriel (65/66), Dennis Stevens (65/66), Colin Harvey (64/65 - 65/66), Alex Young (64/65 - 65/66), Jimmy Hill (63/64), Dennis Stevens (62/63 - 63/64), Bobby Collins (61/62), Derek Temple (57/58)

Transfermarkt has a comprehensive Everton’s squad number history here.