According to Football.London, Tottenham’s Josh Onomah may be moving away from north London for another season, as Mauricio Pochettino says the winger will need regular game time.
But both Pochettino and Onomah should think very wisely about where he heads to, and should not be hasty in deciding his destination.
The 21-year-old (ranked at £2.7m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) had a successful loan spell at Aston Villa last season, scoring four times in 33 Championship appearances, as the Villans were just pipped in the play-off final. Upon returning to Tottenham, the England under-21 international picked up an injury and could barely feature in The Lilywhite’s preseason, encouraging Pochettino to send him out on loan again.
However, as is seen by other top six clubs in the Premier League, loaning players out for the sake of it can be a very foolish choice and can even be detrimental to players’ careers. That is why it is imperative that Onomah is sent to a club that will offer him a high level of football.
Unfortunately, Onomah can no longer go to another Premier League club, as the window is closed, but he should still strive to play top division football. At 21, he is at an age where he should strive to test himself at a club where he will need to work to make the first team.
With the transfer window still open in the rest of Europe, it would be a much wiser move to play in another country’s top division. The Championship was beneficial for him last season, but it clearly didn’t provide the stepping stone for him to become a part of Pochettino’s plans. He now needs to push himself and develop as a player. If he can’t land a competitive team, he may as well stay in north London, and work to make an impression at the club.
Pochettino, Onomah and Daniel Levy should weigh up all offers and options for this promising youngster. As seen before, careers are on the line with these choices.