Versatile midfielder Josh Onomah, a key member of the England Under-20s side that won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in June, 2017, has come up through our Academy system and joined Championship side Aston Villa on loan for the 2017-18 season in August, 2017.
He made 12 senior appearances for us in 2016-17, including a Champions League debut off the bench away at Bayer Leverkusen in October, 2016. The previous month saw him net his first top-level goal during a 5-0 home win over Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
He then finished the season off in glorious fashion by helping England's youngsters to victory in South Korea as they became the first England side at any level to win a World Cup since the famed triumph of 1966. Suspended for the semi-final victory against Italy, he returned to put in a tremendous shift in central midfield in the final, rattling the crossbar as the Young Lions beat Venezuela 1-0. That meant he played in five of England's seven matches at the tournament.
Born and raised in Enfield, Josh has progressed through the age groups in our Academy set-up.
In 2012-13, he played 15 times for our Under-18s, scoring once against Manchester United, while he also featured for our NextGen side and the Under-21s, making one substitute appearance against Newcastle United.
In 2013-14, he made 17 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League, scoring three times, and played twice in the FA Youth Cup, scoring against Fulham. He also made three appearances for our Under-21s.
The 2014-15 season brought his first team debut in an FA Cup third round replay victory against Burnley in January, 2015, while he was captain of the side that reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, in addition to being a regular for our Under-21s. In all, he started 16 games for us in the Under-21 Premier League and played three times for the Under-18s, scoring in a 3-3 draw at West Ham United in August, 2014. He started all six games in the FA Youth Cup and, wearing the armband, scored against Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea in the first leg of the semi-final at White Hart Lane.
Josh made 19 first team appearances in all competitions during 2015-16, including a Premier League bow against Aston Villa in November, 2015, and a first start against Monaco in the Europa League a month later. He also started six times for our Under-21s over the course of that season.
He has represented England at all levels between Under-16 and Under-21 - scoring on his debut for the Under-21s in a 5-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in October, 2016 - and was part of the Young Lions side that won the European Under-17 Championships in 2014.
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