A European Under-17 Championship winner with England in 2014, Josh Onomah made his first team debut for us in 2014-15 while continuing to hone his craft in our Academy.
Named on the bench for our Europa League trip to Besiktas in December as well as January’s FA Cup third round tie at Burnley, the central midfielder made his senior bow when he went on as a substitute for Andros Townsend in the 76th minute of the subsequent replay victory over the Clarets at White Hart Lane on January 14.
The month of May saw him named on the first team bench for our final day win at Everton, while also playing in both post-season tour matches in Malaysia and Australia.
Having made 16 Barclays Under-21 Premier League appearances over the course of the campaign, the 18-year-old also turned out for us in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League and captained our side in the FA Youth Cup – scoring twice in six appearances as we reached the semi-finals, where we lost 5-4 on aggregate to Chelsea.
That made him the only player to represent us at Under-18, Under-21 and first team levels in competitive matches during 2014-15 and amounted to a busy campaign for the young man.
Now, with the start of pre-season on the horizon, Josh says he’ll carry on working hard in order to continue his development in 2015-16...
Thoughts on the season overall?
It was a good campaign for me, having made my senior debut and reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup. Unfortunately we didn’t win our semi-final, which was disappointing having made it that far, but it was a good experience playing at that level in a highly competitive tournament. Playing in three different age groups was a challenge with the balance of training, but I think I dealt with it well.
Your personal highlight of the season?
Definitely making my debut for the first team against Burnley. It was the best moment of my life and hopefully I’ll get more of that senior experience soon. Etienne Capoue and Benji Stambouli were on the pitch at the time and they gave me a lot of information which helped me to settle in quickly. Having senior players behind me gave me great confidence to get on the ball.
Plans for the summer?
Just spending time with my family and keeping fit for next season because 2015-16 is going to be an important year for me.
Thoughts on pre-season?
I think pre-season is vitally important because it sets you up for the actual season. I’ll be looking to train and play to the best of my ability.
Hopes for next season?
The best outcome would be playing first team football, if I get an opportunity. Playing at a senior level will help me to improve and gain more experience. I’m really looking forward to the challenges that 2015-16 will bring.
Look out for tomorrow’s instalment of ‘Five questions for summer’ with Andros Townsend...