Joshua Onomah

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The regular youth watchers, and those of us who've seen a few international and Academy games over the years, know that Josh Onomah is a very talented central midfielder, who can break the lines and pick a pass.

There's a reason why Scott Parker, who was inside our club as an Academy coach, targeted Josh as the player he wanted as part of the Sessegnon deal over, it seems, any other of our young prospects.

If he can get past the injuries that plagued him during his loan spells, then Onomah has a very high potential ceiling, definitely top half PL CM.

That said, I think I understand why Poch has developed CMs like Winks and Skipp over Onomah, who only ever seemed to get picked as a wide midfielder, which he categorically is not.

Both Winks and Skipp, who I like and rate as players, are good, tidy, quick passers of the ball, and they're tenacious and disciplined. Skipp was fantastic in pre-season, and showed great spirit and dynamism. I'm more than happy with them as our C/DM options, as Victor is sadly crocked and Dier will be much more effective when he drops back into a defensive role.

At this point, Josh is not dynamic. He's not a Winks/Skipp CM type, and he doesn't have the defensive discipline without the ball that those players have.

Also, as he's adapted to men's football, too often Josh has seemed to be waiting for things to happen, rather than helping to make them happen. But when he was 17-18, he would dominate Academy games.

I think the move to Fulham, under a coach in Parker who clearly wants him to fulfil his potential, is a good one.

And I hope Josh Onomah develops into the player many of us, including the late lamented Ugo Ehiogu, though he would become.

The last top class CM to escape our Academy and become a dominant talent was Graeme Souness.

Josh is a very different type of player, and he's - ahem -not nearly as aggresssive/dirty. But who knows, eh? I'll follow his career with interest, and I hope he makes it. :levywhoa:
 

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There's a reason why Scott Parker, who was inside our club as an Academy coach, targeted Josh as the player he wanted as part of the Sessegnon deal over, it seems, any other of our young prospects.

If he can get past the injuries that plagued him during his loan spells, then Onomah has a very high potential ceiling, definitely top half PL CM.
Great post.
Good point about Parker actually knowing Josh.
There is something there.
 
Great post.
Good point about Parker actually knowing Josh.
There is something there.
While I acknowledge that Scott will know of him, he was only a coach at spurs for one year while Onomah on loan. He left as a player when Josh was 16. No doubt he will have spoken to McDermott about Josh. No doubt there is a footballer in there. Good luck to him.
 

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Strange player, was an absolute baller at 17/18 grabbed games by the scruff and simply demanded the ball ... not sure if it was the step up to big boys football, or his injuries, or his confidence but that just seemed to go out of his game. At Villa he had brilliant moments, but also games where he was so anonymous he barely lasted a half, same at Wednesday but there it was more the knee injury that set him back.

Parker has got the makings of a great player in Onomah, but this is also probably Onomah's last chance at the big time, if he can get back to the dominant player he once was then who knows, let's hope he does and hope we have a buy-back clause in there somewhere.
 
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