Onomah deal exemplifies Spurs’ academy commitment


Tied down until 2020- A grinning Josh Onomah signs new deal with the club

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt this season, it’s that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino deals in youth. The manager may only have taken over in the summer of 2014, but he already appears to have cultivated a dynamic and youthful squad that many sense are at the dawn of an exciting new era for the club. The thought of men one day drunkenly debating the pros and cons of the ‘Class of 92’ against Spurs ‘Golden Boys of 2015’ in the corner of a dingy local quite frankly warms the cockles. Whilst the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier may have made their way to the club from further afield, the backbone of Spurs future success will undeniably be built upon the backbone of a flourishing academy; as Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason will undoubtedly testify.

And to this end, the news that Josh Onomah has been nailed down to a brand new contract (his second in under seven months) gives testament to the club’s commitment to grow from within. Pochettino’s trust in the player is more than apparent. Despite only being eighteen years old, the lad has now featured in 13 games this season- six of those coming in the Premier League.

The fact that the youngster has been rewarded with a contract until 2020 only exemplifies that the manager sees him playing a big role in the not so distant future and with Andros Townsend having joined Newcastle United in a £12m deal, there’s certainly an opportunity presenting itself for Onomah to make an impression on the first team.

Speaking on his new deal, Onomah told the club’s website: “It’s a dream come true really – since I was young, my dream was to play for Tottenham and now that I’m doing that, it just seems surreal really”.

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So who is he?

Onomah’s caught the eye during his time in the Spurs academy. A tall winger with a wiry frame- The lad’s also a natural-born leader. Despite being a mere 18 years of age, Onomah’s footballing ability and commanding personality saw him captain the Under-21s to the 2014-15 FA Youth Cup semi-finals. Confidence goes a long way in football, he already has the conviction to lead a group of boys on the pitch and one wouldn’t expect him to be a player to be flustered now he’s mixing it with the big boys.

The fact that young Josh Onomah is also another boy from Enfield way will already have gone a long way to endearing himself to the fans. The fact that Tottenham are willing to scout talent from their own area is another breath of fresh air and certainly something that certain Premier League clubs would do well to pay attention to (here’s to you Chelsea, you keep being you).

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Onomah has captained the club’s U21s and played internationally for the England U19s

Spurs continue excellent form with contract dealings

The fact that Onomah has joined Alli and Dembele in signing a fresh deal shows just how right things are being run at the club at this point in time. The club’s contract dealings have been nothing short of sublime, with core first team players being tied to the club in quick succession. Whilst the likes of Arsenal have seemingly left themselves in a permanent state of upheaval as the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie run contracts down and moved onto bigger clubs, Tottenham’s diligence is setting an exciting platform for future prosperity.

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Written by Joe Thomas

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