By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Joshua Onomah has said the decision of Mauricio Pochettino to call him up to Tottenham’s pre-season trip to Australia shows the manager cares about his development.
The 19-year-old had spent the summer playing for England at the European Under-19 championship, where they crashed out in the semi-final after being defeated 2-1 by Italy.
Hours after the heartbreaking loss, the highly-rated winger was called upon by the Spurs boss to join the senior squad on their pre-season tour of Australia.
“We’d got all the way to the semi-finals in Germany and it was very disappointing to miss out, but three hours later we got the call to tell us we were travelling out to Australia,” Onmoah told the official Tottenham website.
“It meant a lot to get that call from the gaffer, showing he cares and wants me to develop, and I thank him a lot for that.”
Having featured in both Spurs’ matches in Melbourne against Juventus and Atletico Madrid, Onomah admitted it had been a valuable trip.
“It’s been a good test. I’m happy I got more minutes under my belt and played in such big games in pre-season,” he told the Spurs website. “We’ve played two top teams – the Italian champions and the Champions League finalists and I’m happy I got the minutes.
“I can feel myself improving, getting fitter, stronger and learning and that’s the importance of being out here.”
Having been included in the first-team last season, Onomah made his Premier League debut in the 3-1 home win over Aston Villa and went on to make 19 appearances overall.
The teenager was rewarded with his progress with a new contract that runs until 2020.
In other Tottenham team news, Onomah’s fellow youngster Harry Winks has described one team-mate as like a big brother.