Norwich City have agreed a season-long loan deal for Fulham youngster Elliot Omozusi.
The young right back has made eleven first team appearances for the Whites and Roy Hodgson was happy to allow him to move to East Anglia to gain regular football as part of his development. Norwich manager Glenn Roeder was delighted to clinch his signing:
“Elliot is a young player who we’ve been aware of for some time. He’s hugely talented and has been known to Lee Clark at Fulham. “We hope that, like Ryan Bertrand, we can bring him on as a talent, so that he returns to his club a better player.”
Norwich City have launched a double raid on Fulham by targeting defenders Dejan Stefanovic and Elliot Omozusi.
The Cottagers survived relegation from the Premier League on the final day of last season and boss Roy Hodgson is keen to overhaul his playing staff.
Experienced centre-half Stefanovic, 33, and youth-team graduate Omozusi, 19, are seen as surplus to requirements at Craven Cottage.
And Canaries boss Glenn Roeder views the pair as ideal additions to his squad as the Carrow Road side prepare for the new campaign.
Norwich have agreed an undisclosed fee with Fulham for the signing of Stefanovic, while Omozusi is currently discussing a loan move.
Reserve team manager Billy McKinlay believes Fulham’s Elliot Omozusi can make a name for himself in the top-flight.
Omozusi made his Barclays Premier League debut for the Cottagers last season and went on to make eight appearances for the first team.
As Fulham found themselves sucked in to the relegation battle, players with more experience were prefered ahead of the academy graduate.
And McKinlay believes that Omozusi, or Junior as he is known to his team-mates, can look forward to another first-team call-up in the future.
McKinlay said “Junior’s progression this year has been what we’d hoped for in terms of games he’s played.”
“He’s only 19 so to play that amount of games so early on is an achievement. He can be pleased with that.
“He came out of the team so that players with greater levels of experience could carry the fight for the rest of the season. So it’s understandable that he wasn’t playing towards the second half of the season. But in terms of its overall progress I think he can be very pleased with himself.
“It’s unrealistic to expect that he’s going to come in and be a set in stone fixture in the First Team. He’s only a young boy so he’s going to come in and out of the side when it is deemed necessary. He’s obviously done well but he’s still got a lot to do and he knows that.”
“He’s quick, mobile and athletic so from that point of view he’s got all the attributes needed. But he needs to keep progressing, learning the game and developing his positional play. But he is prepared to do that which is the most important thing. Hopefully in the next year to 18 months we’ll be looking to him to go and make an impact in the squad.
“One of his biggest attributes is his temperament. Nothing seems to faze him; he just gets in there and plays the game as it is.”
Fulham fear that their promising defender Elliot Omozusi will be poached by one of the Premier League’s big boys.
The teenager has forged a reputation as one of the most adventurous full backs in English youth football and Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham have sent scouts to Motspur Park to monitor his progress. Fulham are hoping to tie him down to a professional contract before the end of the season in a bid to ward off a growing list of suitors.
That’s all I think about these days,” says Omozusi, “playing at the highest level.”
For now, the youngster is encouraged by the presence of Steve Kean and Chris Coleman, who both had spells coaching Fulham’s academy sides, in charge of the first team.
“They have a good relationship with the young players. I talk a lot to Steve Kean and he seems very encouraged, asking about me. At Fulham we’re all close with the other players as everyone is under one roof. Often they don’t have to tell you what to do, they lead by example and act as role models. It’s a friendly environment. Hard, determined but not uptight.”
Fulham starlet Elliott Omozusi is being monitored by a clutch of Premiership clubs.
The 17-year-old defender is an England Under-18 international and is tipped as a real prospect.
He is currently on scholarship terms at Craven Cottage, but he is now old enough to sign professional terms.
Fulham are keen to secure his long-term future, but Omozusi’s progress has not gone unnoticed.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham are all understood to have scouted Omozusi in recent months.
The Cottagers are likely to offer Omozusi professional terms before the end of the season with the hope of fending off the rival interest.