A lot of Spurs fans were surprised and a little disappointed when Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate Josh Onomah went back out on loan to the Championship again this season. Last season he spent the year at Aston Villa under Steve Bruce where he was a part of the side that narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, and while he blew hot and cold, he got a good number of minutes, especially at attacking midfielder.
This season, he was again loaned out to England’s second division, this time to Sheffield Wednesday, and according to his teammate (and September PFA Fans’ Championship Player of the Month) Adam Reach, he’s starting to turn some heads.
“Josh played against Forest which was obviously a disappointing performance and result for us. He had to wait and be patient to get his chance. He has come back into the team and I think if he gets a run of games under his belt his performances will get better and better.
“Josh is so confident in possession and can take the ball in any position. He knows what he’s doing. He is strong and quick. I don’t know how often he is going to play because we have got good midfielders in our squad but with his quality he can play in various positions whether it is in the middle or out wide.
“Josh and Michael [Hector] have been great additions to the squad. They have added strength in depth but they have also added quality to the starting line-up.”
Onomah’s been in and out of the Owls’ starting lineup in the first few matches since he joined on loan, but has started each of the past two matches — a 2-2 draw against West Brom and a 1-2 away win over Bristol City — picking up assists in both matches. (One of them was basically a “Tom Carroll” assist on a long-range blast from Reach but whatever, still counts)
What’s encouraging is that the bulk of Josh’s minutes have come in a deeper, central midfield role, where he excelled for England when they won the U20 World Cup and that is probably his best position. Reach notes that Joshy is basically a squad player now, but at the rate he’s going he looks likely to get at minimum a couple thousand minutes of playing time, and if he keeps going he might be able to give manager Jos Luhukay the best kind of selection headache.
I still don’t know if Onomah has a future at Tottenham Hotspur. Considering the state of Spurs’ central midfield at the moment I kind of wish he were around to maybe get a chance there, but that’s probably wishcasting. However, I do want him to succeed and find a place where he can have a successful career. Based on his recent performances it looks like he might have a good gig this season at Wednesday.