Joshua Onomah believes his development is safe under Pochettino

The 19-year-old believes that the chances he has been given in pre-season shows that Pochettino cares about his progress.

Joshua Onomah believes his development is safe under Pochettino
Onomah hit the crossbar against Atletico (source: tottenhamhotspur.com)

Joshua Onomah was featuring for England’s Under-19s at their European Championship before getting a call from Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino that he and fellow teammate Kyle Walker-Peters would be travelling with the Tottenham first team to Australia for their pre-season tour.

This isn’t the first time the midfielder has been called up to the first team by Pochettino. Onomah made his Premier League debut for Spurs last season in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. Since, he has made 19 appearances in all competitions.

A positive start

Onomah made appearances in both of Tottenham’s games, featuring as a substitute against Juventus and starting against Atletico Madrid. Speaking to Totttenham’s official website, the midfielder commented that the call from Pochetino, which came after their lost to Italy, knocking them out of the competition in the semi finals,  “meant a lot” as it “[shows] he cares and wants me to develop”. Onomah went on to discuss his performances in the games, which he called “a good test”. He added that he was “happy to get minutes under my belt and play in such big games in pre-season”. He added that he “can feel [himself] improving, getting fitter, stronger and learning and that’s the importance of being out here”.

Fellow youngster Kyle Walker-Peters was also included in the tour squad | Photo: Getty
Fellow youngster Kyle Walker-Peters was also included in the tour squad | Photo: Getty

Excitement at the new season

Onomah concluded the interview by speaking about his excitement to start the new season. He commented that he “looks forward to working hard under the gaffer” and hopefully “achieve a lot of things”. He added that in football you can “always set new goals no matter what you’ve achieved previously”. He concluded by praising the new signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen as “very good signings” who have “settled in really well” and are “good players to strengthen our squad”, before adding that he “looks forward to hopefully working with them and also learning from them”.