When Sheffield Wednesday announced the loan signing of Josh Onomah last summer, their supporters were understandably excited to see what impact he would be able to make at Hillsborough.
A brilliant youth career had led to the midfielder initially being tipped for greatness at his parent club Tottenham Hotspur with his performances in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup for England, in particular, showing great promise.
However, with the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Winks providing stiff competition at Spurs in his position, Onomah decided that in order to continue his development as a player, he needed a better chance of playing regular first-team football. Therefore, a move to the Owls promised to be beneficial to both parties in theory.
Reacting to the news of the 21-year-old’s arrival on Twitter in September, these fans expressed their delight.
Great signing – welcome Josh
— Mark Corbidge (@RealLondonowl) September 1, 2018
— Pete (@hirstysboots) August 31, 2018
World Cup winner in the ranks now
— Barnesy (@barnesy2510) August 31, 2018
— John Duncan (@JohnDuncanJD) August 31, 2018
Love that Wendy
— dan (@_danswfc) August 31, 2018
Great player well done Wednesday
— DAMIAN (@DamianDKC) August 31, 2018
A promising start to his Wednesday career saw Onomah provide two assists in his first four Championship appearances yet since then, he has failed to establish himself as a key player for the club as a myriad of injury issues have limited his playing time.
The sacking of Jos Luhukay in December would have been concerning for the midfielder, especially when you consider that his replacement Steve Bruce is not exactly his biggest fan. Onomah played for the 58-year-old at Aston Villa last season and despite featuring on 33 occasions, he failed to leave a lasting impression at the Midlands-based club.
Since Bruce took charge of his first game at Hillsborough in February, the Spurs loanee has yet to make an appearance as he continues his rehabilitation from an elbow injury. After returning to training last Friday (via HITC) for the Owls, Onomah may be given another chance between now and the end of the season to finally prove his worth.
If he cannot produce the goods however, what was considered as a bright future for the youngster could quite easily deteriorate over the coming years.
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