Manager admits that midfielder’s career ‘stalled’ at Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

22-year-old midfielder Josh Onomah recently completed a switch from North to West London as part of Tottenham’s deal with Fulham for Ryan Sessegnon.

Onomah made a total of 32 appearances for Spurs but never managed to start a Premier League game for the club.

In 2017 he was loaned out to Aston Villa, a loan spell that saw him feature 33 times, scoring four goals in the process.

Despite a consistent run of games for Villa, Onomah was again loaned out the following season, this time fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

After two consecutive loan spells it seemed apparent that manager Mauricio Pochettino had no long term plans for Onomah.

Onomah’s new head coach at Fulham, Scott Parker, recently spoke about Onomah’s career at Spurs.

He said: “Josh was at a big club and his career has really stalled over the last three or four years,” 

“Probably a change is what Josh needs. He probably needs to see something else.

“What makes me excited about Josh is that change – that different voice, that different environment.

“Ability-wise I know what Josh is capable of. It’s now really about letting it drop and us all seeing what player he is.”

Parker also commented on Onomah’s loan spells saying: “It’s probably been tough for him.

“When you’re on loan you never really feel settled and in the back of your mind you’re normally thinking that you’re going back to the club who ultimately own you.

“I’m glad that we’ve signed Josh and that he’s here for some time now and he can prove himself.

“The most important thing for Josh is that he’s signed a contract and this is going to be his home for the next three years.

“I feel that’s probably the most important thing he needs – to give himself a clear road and know where he’s going.

“I know what kind of player Josh is. I know where he needs to improve. I feel like if we can get him to where we need to get him to I think we’ll have some player on our hands.”


Onomah never really had a good run of it at Spurs and it’s important for a young player to be getting first team football. Parker seems enthusiastic about his potential as well and that, along with increased minutes, should stand Onomah in good stead for his time at Fulham.

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