Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly targeting Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana as a potential long-term Hugo Lloris replacement. The Cameroonian is said to be on Tottenham’s watchlist by Voetbal International and the former Barcelona youngster could be the successor to the Frenchman.
The 22-year-old is a supreme talent and has been compared to former La Liga star Carlos Kameni. His Cameroonian compatriot was revered in Barcelona from his time at Espanyol and his exuberant style of play and footwork skills do draw favourable comparisons with the La Masia groomed Onana.
However, if Onana was to head to Tottenham and work under Mauricio Pochettino, he would want the similarities to stop there.
“For me it’s a very good thing to be compared to a goalkeeper as good as Kameni, it’s a compliment, I’m happy with the performance I’m offering.”
After an eight-year career at Espanyol, where he was considered a hero by the club’s fans, Kameni, who is now at Fenerbahce, was cast aside by the Periquitos in 2012. The man who gave him the boot? Mauricio Pochettino.
“I’m leaving and only Pochettino knows why I’ve done it. But I have to respect his decision not to count on me. It’s another part of football. It has hurt me, I have had a very bad time, but I have also become stronger.”
The now Tottenham boss suddenly dropped Kameni at the start of the 2011-12 season. Cristian Alvarez was brought in instead with the Daily Mail reporting that Pochettino saw him ‘as an obstacle’ to success at the club.
Kameni joined then-big-spending Malaga in January 2012, clearly not on friendly terms with the Tottenham boss.
So if Spurs do bring in Onana, the Cameroonian will have to hope he does not continue following in the footsteps of his footballing hero in North London.