Young Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Josh Onomah is set to move on loan to Championship side Aston Villa.
football.london understands the deal for the 20-year-old is expected to be tied up in the next 24 hours to join up with Steve Bruce’s side and Onomah is also set to be handed a new long-term contract in the process from the club.
The Spurs midfielder has been on the fringes of Mauricio Pochettino’s first team for the last couple of seasons and spent the last campaign stagnating somewhat on the bench as Harry Winks became the main young prospect in midfield.
Onomah has been desperate to play in his deeper midfielder role – where he shone as England won the U20 World Cup in South Korean this summer.
However, Pochettino has struggled to find space for him in that position for Tottenham and has instead played him in a more unfamiliar attacking wider role and continued to do so on the club’s tour of the USA last month.
“I have [asked to go out on loan] but I trust the gaffer. He speaks to me. He gives me confidence when I’m low, when I’m down, and I believe in him. So whatever he thinks is the best for me, I’ll stand behind him,” Onomah told football.london on the tour.
“Harry Winks was in the same position last year and he was patient and now he’s just gone up, played well, taken his chance. I believe that can happen to anyone so you’ve just got to be patient.”
Now he appears to have got his wish and it marks a departure from the method Pochettino has implemented with the most talented of his young players, telling football.london last season that he prefers them – namechecking Onomah in the process – to learn from him, his coaches and other first team players than other club’s staff.
However, it appears that he has decided that Onomah’s progress is better served by getting game time this season and the club’s plans to make a late move for Everton star Ross Barkley – who Pochettino is a massive fan of – would likely further block his hopes.
Spurs are yet to come to a compromise with Everton or the player on the fee and wage demands and talks have hit an impasse. They are set to resume later in the window when Tottenham hope the Toffees’ stance will have softened on the fee for a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract.
One midfielder that Spurs will not be making a move for this summer is Schalke’s Max Meyer, who has stated this week that his future is unclear at the Bundesliga club as he has also not signed a new deal on offer.
However, despite reports linking them with the Germany U21 international, Tottenham have no interest in the player.