When Josh Onomah arrived at Hillsborough last summer, Sheffield Wednesday supporters had every right to feel excited.
A fantastic player at youth level both for Tottenham Hotspur and England, the attacking midfielder seemingly had all the ingredients needed to thrive for the Owls during the 2018/19 campaign.
However, in what was an incredibly frustrating year for Onomah, he ultimately failed to live up to expectations for Wednesday.
Despite delivering stand-out performances against West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City in October, the 22-year-old fell victim of then-manager Jos Luhukay’s insistence to rotate his squad which resulted in the loanee constantly drifting in and out of the Owls’ starting eleven.
Following chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s decision to sack Luhukay in December and replace him with Steve Bruce, Onomah must have been positive about how the second-half of the season would pan out for him as he had previously worked with the former Hull City boss at Aston Villa.
Yet unfortunately for the Spurs loanee, a serious hamstring injury suffered during a 1-0 victory at Ipswich in February saw him miss 12 consecutive matches for the Owls before finally making his return to action last month.
Although Onomah did show glimpes of his talent against Norwich City and Preston North End, it is clear that if Wednesday are to push on next season, they must steer clear of trying to secure a permanent deal for the midfielder in the summer.
With the England under-21 international’s development as a player being severely hampered by his struggles with injuries as well as consistency in recent years, signing him would prove to be too much of a risk for Bruce who needs to be bringing in players who he can rely on at Hillsborough.
What do you think Owls fans? Should your club pursue a permanent move for Onomah when the transfer window opens in July? Or would it be more wise to sign a player with a proven track-record or producing the goods in the Championship? Let us know below.
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