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Tottenham Hotspur's Josh Onomah joins Aston Villa on loan

Josh Onomah played part in Tottenham's last International Champions Cup campaign.
Joshua Onomah is set to join Championship side Aston Villa on loan.

Tottenham midfielder Joshua Onomah has joined Championship club Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season, and signed a new four-year contract at Spurs.

Onomah was part of England's Under-20 World Cup winning squad in June, where he played a box-to-box midfield role, and he hopes play centrally at Villa Park despite tough competition from the likes of Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury and Glenn Whelan.

Villa manager Steve Bruce wants extra midfield players after Jack Grealish suffered a potentially long-term injury this week.

"I can't wait to get started," he told Villa's official website. "This is a huge football club and I want to really make my mark here and prove to be a player the manager can rely on.

"I know that promotion is the aim and I am here to help us achieve that."

Onomah played only 18 minutes of Premier League football in five short cameos last season and is behind at least four other players in his favoured central midfield role.

Coach Mauricio Pochettino has previously been unwilling to send Onomah out on loan despite interest from several Championship clubs last season and pleas from the 20-year-old, who said last month: "I have wanted to [go on loan], but I trust the gaffer."

Pochettino has previously said he prefers to keep the best young players at the club and only one who has been loaned out by him has ever played another competitive game for the club -- Filip Lesniak, who was released in May.

But Onomah's new contract until 2021 will give the youngster hope that he can return to Spurs and compete for a first-team place.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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