Tottenham youngster John Onomah has signed a season-long loan deal at Aston Villa, just one day before the Villain’s first game of the 2017/18 campaign.
The 20-year old has made just 13 league appearances for Spurs in three years but he has bags of potential. Just hours before his move to Villa he signed a contract extension keeping him at Tottenham until 2021.
The midfielder has represented England at every youth level and was part of the team that won the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup this summer.
However, Villa already have one of the division’s largest squads to organise. Steve Bruce has a long list of midfielders available to him, even without the injured Jack Grealish.
Onomah is available for Villa’s opening fixture against Hull City tomorrow, but it is unlikely he will be thrown straight into the action.
Villa and football fans alike have taken to social media to give their opinion on the move….
The majority are pleased with the deal…
Good bit of business for #avfc with Josh Onomah. Young, hungry & with a point to prove. Ready & set for the opening weekend. Pressure is on!
— Bhavik Patel (@BazlaP) 4 August 2017
@RichardderhamIn you’ve signed Josh Onomah from us on loan, cracking signing for you mate!
— Steve Taylor-Bryant (@STBwrites) 4 August 2017
Like the signing of onomah. Hopefully get promoted. Sign on loan next season for prem and then sign him as he enjoys regular football. #avfc
— Daniel Hodson (@dshodson) 4 August 2017
Josh Onomah on loan?!? AVFC have done some excellent business this transfer window
— MoJo (@MoJo_S5) 4 August 2017
Brilliant signing in Josh onomah, what we need in my opinion. #AVFC
— Phil Rees (@York_Villa) 4 August 2017
Josh onomah is a good signing, him feeding the balls through to Hogan could be lethal in this league #AVFC
— therowleyranger (@therowleyranger) 4 August 2017
However, some are still to be convinced…
You’d think Onomah has been bought in to replace Jack In the number 10 role. We really don’t need another centre mid
— Harry Johnson (@avfc_johnson) 4 August 2017
Onomah was dire whenever I’ve seen him play, don’t really get the fuss?
— Dominick Denis (@DomDen_) 4 August 2017
For thing is for sure, Aston Villa’s strength in depth is frightening…
Bacuna and Onomah are more wingers who would fill in really if others are injured/lose form.
— André Chambers (@AndrePC82) 4 August 2017
So in CM we currently have, Lansbury, Hourihane, Whelan, Jedinak, Onomah, Bacuna, Lyden, Gardner. Guessing GG will be sold and JL loaned.
— Adz (@AdzW90) 4 August 2017
So #avfc current CMs:
Bacuna and BB can do a job, GG on way out. Good numbers tbh
— Chris Ellis (@ellis250) 4 August 2017
Whilst Tottenham’s are running out of players…
Onomah loan surely means a midfielder incoming, right?
— John Picklesimer (@Old_Yank) 4 August 2017
So Onomah is loaded out. What’s left on the bench now?
— Abdullah AlKhars (@Bu700R) 4 August 2017
Onomah out on loan? Must be a purchase on the cards…#COYS
— Jim Howick (@JimHowick) 4 August 2017
Steve Bruce’s lack of confidence in Scott Hogan made evident
The striker saw Rushian Hepburn-Murphy given a chance ahead of him v Bolton Wanderers.
When Aston Villa snapped up Scott Hogan last January he looked a smart recruit. Villa paid a fee reported to be in the region of £12 million by the BBC.
Hogan had been in fine form with Brentford previous to the transfer being made.He had scored 21 goals in 34 games for the club since joining from Rochdale in July 2014.
Aston Villa were hopeful he could have a similar goalscoring impact at Villa Park. That has not exactly been the case. Hogan has managed just six goals in 44 league appearances for Aston Villa and has struggled to live up to his price-tag.
After the Bolton Wanderers game yesterday, Hogan will be wondering where he stands at Villa Park.
Aston Villa lost 1-0 against relegation battlers Bolton Wanderers this weekend. The defeat was a bitter blow to Villa’s automatic promotion hopes, with Villa now seven points behind Cardiff City in second.
But whilst chasing the game, after Adam Le Fondre had given Bolton the lead, Bruce looked to the Villa bench. He decided to bring on another striker to partner Lewis Grabban up top. But, instead of going to Hogan, Bruce brought on 19-year-old Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.
The pacey striker had only played 15 minutes of first-team football this season and is yet to score a senior goal.
Hogan eventually did make his way onto the pitch but could not prove Bruce wrong for turning to the teenager instead.
But it highlights an obvious lack of confidence in the £12 million striker from Bruce. Hogan last scored in the Championship at the start of February and it is a serious concern as Villa now look likely to challenge for the play-off places in the Championship.
Hogan will hope he can take a chance to get back in the good books soon, after the Hepburn-Murphy experiment fell flat at the Macron Stadium. If not, then his future at Villa Park is looking increasingly bleak.
Aston Villa fans baffled by Steve Bruce’s risky Rushian Hepburn-Murphy move
The 19-year-old was a shock substitution by Aston Villa in yesterday’s Bolton defeat.
Aston Villa’s automatic promotion hopes look to be over. Following on from their shock 3-1 loss to QPR in the week Steve Bruce’s men lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers yesterday.
The result leaves Villa in fourth place, but seven points behind Cardiff City in second. The Bluebirds also have a game in hand.
Villa never really got into the game against the Trotters and, after they beat Championship leaders Wolves 4-1, Villa have struggled.
As Villa began chasing the game yesterday, Steve Bruce made several changes to try and find a goal.
But one which shocked many Aston Villa fans was the decision to bring on Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.
The 19-year-old striker was brought on for Conor Hourihane in a bold and attacking move, which did not work.
The decision left the Villa formation misshapen. Not only that, but Hepburn-Murphy has barely had a kick all season. Suddenly thrusting the teenager into the spotlight seemed an odd move from Bruce.
The teen had played just 12 minutes of Championship football before being thrown into action yesterday. His call up to the first-team was likely a reward for a fine recent performance v Reading for the under-23s. But Hepburn-Murphy was not the answer to Villa’s problems yesterday afternoon.
Many Villa fans were surprised he was even on the bench in the first place. Bringing on Keinan Davis would have been a more logical move from Bruce. He also had Scott Hogan on the bench if he wanted to bring on another striker, but instead, Bruce tried the youngster.
It was a move that did not work and left Villa fans thoroughly frustrated with their manager yet again. It now seems Villa will have to settle for the play-offs, which they will try consolidate in the coming weeks.
Here is how some Aston Villa fans reacted to the decision to field Hepburn-Murphy yesterday afternoon…
Hepburn Murphy on…interesting choice.
— AVFC Worldwide (@AVFCWorldwide) March 17, 2018
Hepburn Murphy on is a weird one, would have put hogan ip
— Ryan (@R_e1080) March 17, 2018
Seriously? Hepburn murphy is shocking aswell…. terrible. Davis much better
— Shaun Sidaway (@ShaunySidaway) March 17, 2018
I like the lad but Hepburn Murphy?
— SM???? (@SimplySn0dgrass) March 17, 2018
Hepburn Murphy two miscontrols seriously Bruce not today you fool
— liam bradley (@liambradley15) March 17, 2018
Got to wonder about Bruce’s thinking with bringing on Hepburn Murphy when he has hardly had a kick all season!Desperation?
— Harry deVillan (@HDevillan) March 17, 2018
Can someone tell me the point of the Hepburn-Murphy change!?
— kyle (@KyIeEvans) March 17, 2018
Most lifeless performance ive seen in a long time. No fight, no need for Hepburn Murphy when we have Lansbury on the bench, game was crying out for Jedinak to start
— Adam (@TheFlozzman) March 17, 2018
Hepburn-Murphy? He’s useless
— callum kenny (@callumkenny) March 17, 2018
I think Hepburn Murphy has lots of potential but does he deserve a chance ahead of o hare?
— tony nash (@NashNash194) March 17, 2018
— Steve Evans avfc (@steveavfc52) March 17, 2018
Hogan and Davis sitting on the bench whilst Hepburn-Murphy comes on, that is all
— James (@JamesTuzzio) March 17, 2018
Valued at £25m, Aston Villa and West Ham could have got Benjamin Pavard in 2016
The Stuttgart defender is wanted by top Premier League sides.
This week has seen Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard linked with a move to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is reportedly a target for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Bild reported this week that the Bundesliga side will not be considering any offers below €30 million (£26.5million).
It is a fantastic rise up the ranks from the Frenchman. After coming through the youth set-up in France with Lille he headed to Germany in 2016. The youngster helped Stuttgart win promotion back to the Bundesliga where he has now been showcasing his best form. Such form saw Pavard even earn his first French international call-up.
For West Ham and Aston Villa, this progression signals a missed opportunity. Back in December 2015 it was reported by Goal that both West Ham and Aston Villa had made an approach to sign Pavard. The then 19-year-old right-back had caught the eye with Lille. Villa were battling relegation at the time and looked to strengthen their leaky defence. West Ham were looking to add fresh faces to their backline.
Neither side managed to get Pavard. In the end he joined Stuttgart for a fee reported to be in the region of €5 million (£4.5 million) by Le Monde.
Now that fee looks like an absolute bargain for a player who looks destined to be heading to the World Cup with France. Pavard would have been a shrewd addition by either Aston Villa or West Ham – but both sides missed out.
Now it looks as though a fee nearer to £30 million will have to be shelled out if one of the Premier League elite want to get their hands on the 21-year-old.
If only Aston Villa or West Ham had managed to get their man back in 2016.
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