Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jose Onomah has suggested a lack of motivation and focus may have cost him a rise at the club, but insists he has no regrets.
The 22-year-old left the north London club last summer after joining in 2013.
Onomah had big promise, and his excellent development in the academy led to a first-team debut in January 2015 against Burnley in an FA Cup replay.
Unfortunately, Onomah was only able to clock up 32 (mainly substitute) appearances before leaving to join Fulham in 2019, as part of the deal that saw Spurs land Ryan Sessegnon.
Reflecting back on his time at the club, Onomah admitted his head may not have been fully in the game at the time he was trying to make a proper breakthrough.
He said in an interview with The Independent: “I wouldn’t say I took it for granted but I wasn’t 100 percent focused on football growing up, around the age of 18-20.
“[It wasn’t until I got injured] that I realised how important it is in my life. I don’t think it’s healthy to live with regret [about it]. You have to learn from your mistakes. That’s what helped shape me as a player and a person.”
Onomah had a slow start at promotion-chasing Fulham, but he has now racked up 22 appearances and has been a regular starter since December.
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Some supporters saw it as a bit of a shame Onomah left last summer, but perhaps him going was the only way Fulham would let Sessegnon go.
Onomah was highly promising at one point and he did show flashes of his ability, but in football the mental side is extremely important.
Young players have to be totally committed in order to make the grade, otherwise it’s unlikely talent alone will count for anything.
Arguably, Onomah hadn’t developed in the way the club had hoped and therefore he was deemed dispensable.