Josh Onomah completed a season-long loan move to Aston Villa on Friday, shortly after putting pen to paper on a new four-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur, the club confirmed.
Held in high regard by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, the 20-year-old midfielder was handed his first-team debut back in January 2015 and made 12 appearances in all competitions last campaign, although just three of those were starts.
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Whilst his departure further depletes Tottenham’s strength in depth, having already lost Kyle Walker to Manchester City and yet to bring in any new faces, the opportunity to play regular senior football could prove to be vital in Onomah’s development.
An under-20 World Cup winner with England this summer, the youngster becomes Villa’s sixth signing of the summer, following the likes of John Terry, Christopher Samba and Glenn Whelan and could play a vital role in the club’s push for promotion to the Premier League.
With 21-year-old Jack Grealish expected to be out of action for the first few months of the season due to kidney damage, Onomah could be asked to fill in for the winger, having regularly played out wide under Pochettino.
Speaking ahead of Villa’s season opener at home to Hull City on Saturday, the Englishman spoke of his determination to hit the ground running and impress manager Steve Bruce.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Onomah told the club’s official website.
“This is a huge football club and I want to really make my mark here and prove to be a player the manager can rely on.
“I know that promotion is the aim and I am here to help us achieve that.”
News of Onomah’s signing went down well with the Villa faithful, with many believing that he will add the quality necessary to help the side secure promotion back to the top flight.
Josh Onomah highly rated by all my Spurs pals down here. Reckon him and Whelan together gives us a far more mobile mid than last yr. #avfc
— Jasmit Kalra-AVFC (@jkalra14) August 5, 2017
Josh Onomah is a great signing #AVFC
— Sam (@__samsmithh) August 4, 2017
The more I think of it Josh Onomah is a very good signing #avfc
— Tom Rutherford II (@TomRutherford17) August 4, 2017
Good bit of business for #avfc with Josh Onomah. Young, hungry & with a point to prove. Ready & set for the opening weekend. Pressure is on!
— Bhavik Patel (@BazlaP) August 4, 2017
— James Nelson (@JamesAshNelson) August 4, 2017
Brilliant signing in Josh onomah, what we need in my opinion. #AVFC
— Phil Rees (@York_Villa) August 4, 2017
Josh onomah is a good signing, him feeding the balls through to Hogan could be lethal in this league #AVFC
— therowleyranger (@therowleyranger) August 4, 2017
Josh Onomah could be a very good signing for the Villa if he hits the ground running! No lose situation with Grealish being out #AVFC
— Cory Styche (@Stychey11) August 4, 2017