Should Mauricio Pochettino be brave and give Josh Onomah a start?

Tottenham Hotspur could benefit from playing Joshua Onomah before the end of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has the opportunity to further highlight his faith in the club's youth structure by handing Joshua Onomah his Premier League debut before the end of the season.

Pochettino has already shown that he is not afraid to trust Spurs' more promising youngsters, with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane all feeling the benefit of his stewardship, but he should also consider giving Onomah a chance.

The 17-year-old is one of Tottenham's youngest academy stars, but he also has considerable ability and his progression would benefit from an opportunity in the senior squad.

By playing Onomah, Spurs would not only be benefitting the player, he could also bring an added injection of quality to their team.

Onomah has played an advanced role for Tottenham's development side this season and has become one of their main attacking outlets.

For all of Spurs' strengths at youth level, they do not appear to have a quality striker in their ranks in the under-21 or under-18 age-groups and, as a result, Onomah has take on a lot of responsibility.

He has lived up to it, and it may be that now is the perfect time for Pochettino to give the England youth international the ultimate test.

Tottenham have a lot of quality going forward, but there is no doubting that some players in their attacking quartet could be upgraded.

Kane and Christian Eriksen are permanent fixtures in the team, but Tottenham's wingers have all flattered to deceive at times this season.

Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela have all shown flashes of ability, but they have lacked consistency and their performances at Old Trafford last weekend were poor.

Tottenham went down 3-0 to Manchester United in what was surely their worst showing of the season, and Pochettino now has selection decisions to make.

Although it would be foolish to make wholesale changes, Spurs' form has not been particularly good over recent months and an injection of fresh blood would not go amiss.

Onomah would join Tottenham's team with a point to prove and would also be surrounded by players he is familiar with.

The youngster has played with Mason, Bentaleb and Kane before and it may be that the answer to Tottenham's current problems can once again be solved by a member of their academy ranks.

It would, however, be something of a gamble to throw the untested Onomah in now, with Pochettino and Spurs still clinging to the hope that they can respond positively to their setback against United and force their way into the Premier League's top four.

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