Onomah looked set for a big future under Mauricio Pochettino after producing a series of impressive performances during a breakthrough 2015/16 season, one dazzling display against Monaco sticking in the mind.
But the England U20 World Cup winner failed to build on that initial promise and, after disappointing loan spells at Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, he now finds himself at Craven Cottage having joined Fulham on a permanent deal last week.
Villa and Wednesday fans were quick to write off Onomah’s hopes of making a positive impact in West London but Parker, who watched the 22-year-old rise through the ranks at Spurs, is confident that he could have ‘some player’ in his ranks.
“The first time I saw Josh when I was playing at Spurs and he was a young boy of 14/15, I could see he had talent,” said the former England captain.
“He’s probably not settled somewhere over the last couple of years, he’s been on loan here and there, and I think the most important thing for Josh now is that he’s signed a contract here, and this is going to be his home.
“That’s what he needs, to give himself a clear road. I know what player Josh is, I know where he needs to improve, and I feel that if we can get him to where we need then we’ll have some player on our hands.”
Onomah would certainly benefit from being given time and space to settle in a new environment. And alongside Tom Cairney and Harry Arter in midfield, a skilful yet rather languid midfielder could have found a club who will encourage his natural flair and creativity.
In hindsight, perhaps Spurs made a mistake sending Onomah out to work with the rather pragmatic Steve Bruce at Villa Park and Hillsborough. Pochettino is famously reluctant to let his most talented youngsters leave on loan and Onomah's inability to settle away from the capital perhaps explains why.
Tottenham must take their share of the blame for stunting his development, though Parker has the tools to get him back on track.
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