Mauricio Pochettino gives his clear verdict on Joshua Onomah's first Tottenham start

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Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham teenager Joshua Onomah.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino told the club's official Twitter account that he was 'very happy' with Joshua Onomah's performance against Monaco.

Spurs went in to their final Europa League group game having already qualified for the knockout stages, but had the chance to guarantee top spot in their group - and did so in style.

A first half hat-trick from Erik Lamela put Spurs 3-0 up, and whilst Stephan El Shaarawy pulled a goal back for Monaco, Tom Carroll made sure of the win by making it 4-1.

One of the big headlines to come out of the game was that teenage midfielder Joshua Onomah made his first start for the club, playing in an attacking midfield role ahead of Eric Dier and the aforementioned Carroll.

The 18-year-old has come up through the ranks at Spurs, and after a handful of substitute appearances, manager Pochettino clearly felt this was the right time to let him make his first start.

Having been tipped for a bright future with club and country, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the young midfielder, and he served up a promising performance against Monaco.

Speaking after the game, manager Pochettino admitted that Onomah 'deserved' the chance to play, and was happy with his performance.

 

Given the impact of other youngsters - such Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane - under the stewardship of Pochettino, Onomah will surely feel that he is at the right club to continue his development, and Thursday night was a real step in the right direction for the teenager.

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