Pochettino hints at potential January decision – why Tottenham should end deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he could yet end Josh Onomah’s loan stint with Aston Villa before the end of the month.

The highly-rated attacking midfielder has spent the campaign on loan at Villa Park in a bid to get regular first-team football.

While Tottenham starlet Onomah started his time in the Midlands relatively positively, the return from injury of Jack Grealish has meant the Spurs man’s opportunities have become limited.

The 20-year-old was named among the Villa substitutes on Saturday for the Championship clash with Barnsley, meaning that the Lilywhites man has still not started a game for his temporary employers this year.

Tottenham boss Pochettino was quizzed about Onomah’s situation and admitted that a decision to end the midfielder’s stint at the Birmingham-based outfit could still be made.

“Josh still continues there but we still have a week or ten days to decide if he stays or we bring him back here,” the Spurs manager is quoted as saying by Football London.

Tottenham acted quickly to address the fact that fellow youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers was not receiving first-team football while on loan at Sheffield United, bringing him back to London before arranging a similar deal with Ipswich Town.

The 20-year-old defender went straight into the Tractor Boys’ team on Saturday, vindicating Spurs’ decision to find another temporary home for the United States international.

Given that Villa have one of the stronger squads in the Championship and Onomah has fallen down the pecking order, Tottenham may well decide to change the youngster’s situation also.

There will be plenty of second-tier sides that would love to have the Spurs man in their ranks and there is little point in the youngster staying at Villa if he isn’t playing.

Pochettino clearly has a decision to make before the end of the month. If Tottenham cannot get assurances from Villa that Onomah will get more time on the pitch, it could well be time for Spurs to find another Championship club that can offer a regular starting berth.