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8th Jan, 2017 | 7:25pm

Three reasons why Tottenham teenager must leave on loan in January

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Josh Onomah should be given a chance to shine on loan from Tottenham in January after plummeting down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

The 19-year-old has made just nine league and cup appearances this season, clocking up a total of just 202 minutes of playing time under Mauricio Pochettino.

With plenty of Premier League and Championship clubs looking to bolster their attack this month, here are three reasons why Onomah should leave on loan.

First-team football is the next stage

Onomah has proved he has plenty of potential, but after breaking into Spurs first team at such a young age he desperately needs to maintain that experience. However, making just two EFL Cup starts all season is not enough for the one-time England Under-21 international. Moving to a side that can guarantee first-team football could prove crucial in the development of Onomah, with the next stage of his career hinging on his involvement in competitive football.

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Summer signings

Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to shell out over £40million on attacking duo Georges N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko has seen Onomah plummet down the attacking midfield pecking order. The form of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen means Onomah will find it almost impossible to get first-team football in his preferred number 10 role, while Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela continue to sparkle out wide. With that in mind, it is likely that Onomah could opt to jump ship.

Shop window

With four years remaining on his contract, if Onomah doesn’t progress and develop into a genuine world-class star he is unlikely to break into the first team on a regular basis. That means Onomah needs to put himself in the shop window to earn a permanent move away rather than stagnate in the reserves until the end of his contract. Without the game time at White Hart Lane, the only way in order to catch the eye of potential buyers in the future will be to leave Spurs on loan this month.

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