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Following his inclusion in the deal to take Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham, new Fulham signing Josh Onomah has opened up on his departure from north London.
Spurs splashed out £25m to bring in Sessegnon on a five-year deal from Craven Cottage, and the move saw Onomah make the switch in the opposite direction.
Now, the 22-year-old has told Fulham’s official club website about the thought process behind leaving a club he has come through the ranks at.
He said: “It was weird leaving Tottenham. I’ve been with them since I was eight, Tottenham has been my whole life, so it has been strange, but when one door closes another one opens.
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“When there’s two deals relying on each other it makes things a little more complicated. You hope for the best and that it all goes to plan, and thankfully it did. I wish Sess the best as well. I know him, I know he’s going to settle in quickly and do well, and I wish all the best for him.”
Having come through the academy at Spurs, Onomah enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in the 2015/2016 season, making 19 appearances for the first-team. But since then, the midfielder has struggled to really force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s thinking, and spent the previous two campaigns on loan at Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.
Following Fulham’s relegation to the Championship, it made sense for Spurs to make a move for Sessegnon this summer. The 19-year-old however would no doubt have cost a significant sum of money considering his talents and his age. So, including Onomah in a deal in order to sweeten the move for Fulham, smacks of excellent negotiation from Spurs.
The north London side clearly didn’t see Onomah as part of their first-team plans, so getting rid of him in order to land one of their targets for a better price is a great piece of business.
Ruthless though it may be, dumping a player who has been in north London for 14 years, it is exactly the kind of shrewd manoeuvre that fans consistently heap praise on to Daniel Levy for, and yet another indicator of Spurs acting like a truly top club.