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.

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.


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