Report: Aston Villa keen on signing Josh Onomah on loan

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Aston Villa are reportedly keen on signing the Tottenham youngster.

As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Villa boss Tim Sherwood is keen on reuniting with another Tottenham youngster, as he wants to sign Josh Onomah on loan.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder made his first-team debut during the 2014/15 campaign, making a small cameo in the FA Cup, having progressed through the youth system under Sherwood’s guidance.

Big things are expected of the youngster, an England youth international, and he is already a regular at Under-21 level for Tottenham, despite being far below the age limit. He appeared for the first-team on their post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia, and impressed enough to suggest Premier League football is not far off his current ability.

Spurs have no interest in selling Onomah, seeing him as a vital part of their future, but could allow him to leave on loan this coming season to aid his development. Whilst at his age it would be expected to secure a loan lower down the Football League, should consistent Premier League football be on the table, Spurs may loan him to Villa.

Sherwood is a big fan of the player he helped nurture, and it is stated that he has been following Onomah’s progress since leaving White Hart Lane ahead of making a move of him.

Would Onomah be a good signing for Villa?

Despite his undoubted talent, it is hard to suggest that Onomah is the kind of signing Villa should be looking to make. If he were a youngster from their own academy then it would be acceptable to see him make a few appearances, but why should they waste a valuable loan spot on an unproven 18-year-old.

He is not the kind of player you want carrying a team for an entire Premier League campaign, and signing impact substitutes on loan from domestic rivals is not the kind of transfer philosophy Sherwood should be preaching at Villa.

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