I spoke with rising Tottenham star Joshua Onomah about his development, his Tottenham first team debut, England and much more. The 18 year old central midfielder is considered one of the most promising talents within the Spurs youth set up at the moment and I got to know more about his love for Tottenham, and just how much he wants to become the next big thing that comes out of the youth academy under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino. Have a read of what he had to say in my exclusive Q&A:
Q: Do you take confidence from the rise of the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend to the first team?
Joshua: “Of course! They have set the pathway for all the youth players at Tottenham. Evidently we hope to follow in their footsteps because they have proven it is possible to come through the youth set up which brings a lot of motivation for me.”
Q: You’ve had White Hart Lane sing your name, can you put into words how much that means to a young player like yourself?
Joshua: “Made me speechless when you hear the fans singing your name! It gives me so much confidence because it shows that the fans believe in you, which is a good sign for me.”
Q: What do you feel is the strongest aspect of your game?
Joshua: “I believe the strongest aspect of my game is running with the ball.”
Q: Is there any aspect you feel like you want or need to improve?
Joshua: “I need to score more goals and also improve my longer passing.”
Q: With a Head Coach that prides himself on integrating youth players into the first team, do you feel like chances of youth breaking through to the first team are higher than ever?
Joshua: “Definitely! I believe they are higher than they have ever been. When you hear the head coach say things like that it just makes you want to train harder until you become the best you can be and hopefully be good enough for the first team.”
Q: You have the privilege of training at one of the best training centres in Europe, how do the facilities on offer aid a young player like yourself?
Joshua: “When you have facilities like Tottenham it is almost impossible to not improve. Unless you don’t train to the best of your ability. There are so many resources that can help you improve which is what you need as a young player.”
Q: You made your first team debut against Burnley in the FA Cup this season, has that experience made you even hungrier to become a regular part of the first team?
Joshua: “Of course! Making my debut was a dream come true and I wish I could re-live every second a thousand times. I loved the experience and I hope I can get a taste of it more and more.”
Q: At just 18 years of age, you have already captained Tottenham’s U21s, and made your first team debut. Do you feel your development is progressing even faster than you thought it would?
Joshua: “Yes definitely, but I’ve had little niggles that have held me back a bit.”
Q: This past summer you were part of the England U17 squad that won the European Championships. What was that experience like, and has it made you thirstier for more glory at both international and club level?
Joshua: “Winning the euros was the second best thing I’ve done in my career other than my debut of course. It was a fantastic achievement for me to win such a prestigious cup! Winning this has increased my thirst for wanting to win more silverware!”
Q: Who is your favourite ever Tottenham player?
Joshua: “Gazza because of the way he plays & Ledley (King) because he is a true leader.”
Q: Is there any player playing today that you try to imitate or model your style of play on?
Joshua: “Paul Pogba!”
Q: What is your favourite memory of Tottenham Hotspur?
Joshua: “Making my first team debut in January.”
Q: Finally, what is your ultimate goal in the future?
Joshua: “The ultimate goal in the future is to win major trophies with Tottenham & England.”
VIDEO: Here’s a few clips of Joshua Onomah in action:
I’d like to thank Joshua for his time and answering my questions. I think I join everyone in hoping that he can progress to become a key member of the first team, and yet another young Tottenham fan to make the grade, while also wishing him good luck for the rest of the season! Make sure you follow both Joshua (@joshuaonomah10) and I (@AddictedToSpurs) on twitter. Come on you Spurs!!