Former Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah has admitted that he is excited to go up against Arsenal next weekend, given his Spurs academy connections.
Fulham have a very difficult start on their return to the top flight, with an away trip to the Emirates first up for Scott Parker’s men on Saturday.
Onomah, who is well-used to North London derbies during his youth career at Spurs, will have an opportunity to get one over on an old enemy, an opportunity that he is admittedly relishing.
The midfielder, who has become an important part of the Cottagers’ midfield since his move from Tottenham last summer, told Fulham’s official website: “Arsenal is definitely a good one to look forward to.
“I was at Spurs for more than 14 years and obviously I grew to have a lot of love for the club, so playing Arsenal – from my youth days all the way up to the first team – was always a big game. I’ll definitely be taking momentum from that into the first game.”
While Onomah was rated highly at Spurs and was expected to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Harry Kane and Harry Winks at one stage, the midfielder only went on to make 13 Premier League appearances, all of which came as a substitute (transfermarkt.com).
The 23-year-old admitted that he is now keen to prove that he is good enough for the top level.
Onomah added: “Yeah, 100 per cent. At Spurs, I made just over 10 appearances but they were off the bench, so this time around I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I can do in the Prem. I’ve got a point to prove and I look forward to the challenge.”
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Onomah was one of a long list of players who might have benefited by being loaned out earlier than he eventually was. It seemed like Pochettino only agreed to loan him out to Villa once it became clear that the midfielder did not really have a future at Spurs. However, it is fair to say that the 23-year-old has really done enough at Craven Cottage to make the North Londoners regret their decision to move him on. It will be interesting to see how Onomah gets on in the Premier League this season.
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