There was a lot of pressure on Josh Onomah’s shoulders when he joined the starting lineup for Aston Villa in Tuesday night’s Championship game against Preston.
Manager Steve Bruce selected the 20-year-old to play in the number 10 role as a replacement for Jack Grealish, who missed out with injury.
Onomah played in support of Scott Hogan, but he failed to impress the home fans at Villa Park.
The Midlands outfit went a goal down shortly after the half-hour mark, but Lewis Grabban managed to come off the bench to rescue a point for the team.
The forward, who is on loan from Bournemouth, stepped up to take a penalty in the 66th minute and converted from the spot.
Villa have now dropped five points in their last two games following a seven-game winning run.
The absence of injured pair Grealish and Albert Adomah has been heavily felt, but the club remain third in the table, one point adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
Plenty of Villa fans were disappointed in the result, and Onomah, who is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, took the brunt of the blame.
— Adam Clinton (@AdamClinton9) February 20, 2018
Josh Onomah really reminds me of Bacuna, does one good thing in a game and spends the next ten minutes moping around making mistakes and losing the ball. #avfc
— Nick Parr (@NickParr) February 20, 2018
The sooner Onomah goes back to Tottenham, the better #avfc
— Chels (@chels15avfc) February 20, 2018
On another note I genuinely believe Onomah might be the sole reason we don't go up this season. No effort at all particularly 1st half. Imagine if we'd put O'Hare in for all the games JO has played. #AVFC
— Matthew Parker (@MattParker_001) February 20, 2018
My names Josh Onomah I’ve never played Championship football it’s my first time and I’m 20. But I’m a fault for everything Aston Villa related. Even though I’m on loan and cost the club nothing. #avfc
— Victor (@vicramsey85) February 20, 2018
Josh Onomah should not be a professional footballer Christ #avfc
— Ciara Kelly (@ciara_kelly) February 20, 2018
Still the best home record in the league.
Please somebody walk onomah back to Tottenham though please.
Also bring o'hare and green back through pleeeaaseee.
— Scott Robbins (@Scotty_Villa) February 20, 2018
Onomah absolutely garbage again, he’s had more then enough chances, wouldn’t even have him on the bench #avfc
— Phil Hodson (@Hodsie) February 20, 2018
Onomah as well is just extremely average. No idea what has happened to him, he was quite good earlier in the season #avfc
— Ryan (@RyanFarleyyy) February 20, 2018