After a season on loan at Portsmouth followed by a serious back injury that has kept him out of action since returning to the club, Jamie Oâ€™Hara could be seen as somewhat of a forgotten man at White Hart Lane.
The midfielder had to undergo back surgery after reportedly suffering a stress fracture to a vertebrae at the end of last season and has since failed to make an appearance for Tottenham.
During his time out Spurs have enjoyed quite some success, finishing fourth in the Premiership last season and embarking on a fascinating Champions League campaign in which the club now awaits AC Milan in the last 16.
In recent weeks Oâ€™Hara has been picking up his training again and now looks to be nearing full fitness. He has played in two friendly matches for Spurs XI sides, 45 minutes against QPR and 70 against Charlton.
It was after the Charlton game that Oâ€™Hara, who had been involved in two of Tottenhamâ€™s three goals, stated on his Twitter account that he wishes to be playing regular football.
â€˜Need to go on loan to get some games missed too much already this season so wanna be playing every week.â€™
With a full roster of central midfielders at Tottenham, it is hard to see how the boyhood Spurs fan, who is a former trainee of Arsenal will force his way into the first XI.
A loan spell at another Premier League club could be a good move for all parties but Spurs fans will be hoping it is no more than a loan. Oâ€™Hara has almost always been impressive in a Spurs shirt, especially in his preferred central role rather than on the left, where he lacks the pace to be a top player.
A cultured left foot which he has already shown can be deadly with his passing and shooting in open play as well as from set pieces is an asset possessed by Oâ€™Hara, much like our current Dutch star Rafa Van der Vaart.
An all action midfielder, Oâ€™Hara was outstanding at Portsmouth last season in a side that struggled for much of the year, similar to Scott Parker at West Ham United this season.
With Tottenham constantly linked with the Hammersâ€™ midfielder, Harry Redknapp must take time to think whether or not this would be good business. If it means losing Jamie Oâ€™Hara permanently at only 23 years old, the answer to this could be much debated.
By Arash Kowkabzadeh
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