Tottenham Hotspur talent Joshua Onomah thanks Mauricio Pochettino for first-team debut

The 17-year-old came on against Burnley in the FA Cup recently.

There is no doubt that Tottenham Hotspur have given a lot of chances to their talented youngsters recently. This season has seen Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane all become vital members of the first-team at White Hart Lane.

Recently, another young Spurs talent was given a chance to shine in the form of Joshua Onomah. The 17-year-old came on as Tottenham struggled to a 4-2 win against Burnley in the FA Cup.

He has spoken about his debut today to the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal, explaining how thankful he is to Mauricio Pochettino for giving him his chance:

“I’m ecstatic, it’s something I’ve been waiting for my whole life – a dream that’s finally come true. I’m lost for words, I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless. I’m happy that I got a few touches of the ball and hopefully it’s the first game of many.

“I came into the academy when I was nine...I’ve always supported Spurs. I grew up in the area and I’m buzzing to make my debut. Some of my family was there so hopefully I made them proud.

“The gaffer likes to see young players and if you’re doing well in training he’ll give you a chance. It gives you the confidence and trust that you have a gaffer who can do that. I thank Poch [Pochettino] for this opportunity.”

Tottenham have plenty of other talented youngsters hoping to make the grade. The likes of Harry Winks and Alex Pritchard immediately spring to mind.

For Onomah, an England under-17 international, he will hope this appearance is the first of many in the Tottenham first-team. With another FA Cup tie approaching at the weekend, perhaps it will be two in a row in the competition for Onomah.

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