Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained why he decided to send young midfielder Josh Onomah on loan to Aston Villa.
The 20-year-old midfielder signed a fresh four year deal at Spurs and a season-long loan agreement on Friday to join villa who also now have former Chelsea captain John Terry among their ranks.
The England youth International Midfielder with Nigerian roots had been tipped to be an integral part of Tottenhams 1st team but spent most of the season on the bench
“No, no. I think it’s clear that Josh is a potential first team player like Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks, like all the young players in our academy,” Pochettino said when asked in January if he planned sending the 19 year old out on Loan
However the Italian told football.london on Saturday why he had changed his mind on the youngster
“Because every six months we need to review every single situation and Josh, after the U20 World Cup I think in his mind it was too play more and prove himself that he can play,” explained Pochettino.
“There were a lot of rumours about his position on the pitch. He can play as an 8, a 6, a 7 or 10 or 11, I think that is not the problem.
“He needs to prove himself that he can play. It’s a great opportunity for him now at Aston Villa to prove himself and prove to everyone that he is a player that can learn and improve and will be useful for Tottenham.”
Josh Onomah came on for the last 12 minutes as Villa drew 1-1 with Ola Aina’s Hull on the Championship’s opening day on Saturday.
Onomah out on loan as the midfielder had stagnated on the bench in the first half of the season after a decent breakthrough campaign the previous year.