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Aston Villa 2017-18 player preview: Josh Onomah

Josh Onomah is the latest addition to the Aston Villa squad.

England v Bosnia - UEFA European U21 Championship
WALSALL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Josh Onomah of England U21 is faced by Kerim Memija of Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 during the UEFA European U21 Championship Group 9 qualifying match between England and Bosnia and Herzegovina at Banks' Stadium on October 11, 2016 in Walsall, England.
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We’ll see if he’s in today’s matchday squad, but Spurs youngster Josh Onomah is the latest addition to Steve Bruce’s squad, joining Friday on a season-long loan. Fresh off a key role in England’s U20 World Cup winning squad, Onomah — who also signed a new contract at Spurs — is here for two reasons: (1) to get regular playing time, and (2) to help Villa win promotion to the Premier League.

If our friends at Cartilage Free Captain are to be believed, Onomah’s plenty good enough to play at this level. He could play as an attacking midfielder, filling the role vacated by Jack Grealish’s injury, or he could play as a box-to-box midfielder. He’s even been deployed on the right wing if Villa need depth there. While it seems like central midfield is a relative position of strength, Onomah’s a player that’s good enough and he ain’t costing Villa much.

Twelve months from now, I hope we’re scheming how to stop him as he suits up for Spurs on the opening day of the Premier League season against our Villa.