Fan article: Don’t be too hasty with O’Hara

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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 O’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 O’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 O’Hara, who had been involved in two of Tottenham’s three goals, stated on his Twitter account that he wishes to be playing regular football.

‘Need to go on loan to get some games missed too much already this season so wanna be playing every week.’

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. O’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 O’Hara, much like our current Dutch star Rafa Van der Vaart.

An all action midfielder, O’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 Hammers’ midfielder, Harry Redknapp must take time to think whether or not this would be good business. If it means losing Jamie O’Hara permanently at only 23 years old, the answer to this could be much debated.

By Arash Kowkabzadeh

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The difference is, by the time Scott Parker was 23 he was lighting up the PL, not just with his never say die commitment, but the fact that he scored and created goals for Charlton. He got his big money move to Chelsea, and that failed miserably and had to start again from scratch. A fair comparison, would be James Milner to Scott Parker, and Jamie O’Hara to Lee Bowyer.

  2. for me if he is that good we should keep him and give him more games.harry needs to give the chance to every player that is in form not just stick with the same players,after all we are not getting relly the results we like.anothere thing is that we have many games to play in different competetions and we already have some injuries problems.

  3. I like Jamie as a genuine home grown trier who keeps on battling. His problem is that we can buy better players than him relatively cheaply (Piennar). Having said that, I think if he were to stay with us, he would be a bit like John Pratt, who was being booed whenever he came on, not because he was bad, but because he wasn’t the international class player he played alongside.

    In my humble opinion, we have to accept that not everybody we sign is the best player in the world, but if they give it 100% which Jamie does (and Pratt did), then that is all we can ask of them. If we were in a relegation battle, Jamie is a player that I would like on my team, because when the chips are down, he does not go missing. But CL, he ain’t.

  4. another one that i feel hasn't been given a chance, surely he couldn't do any worse than jenas, he looked quite impressive for porstmouth last season, i also think that he could be converted into that defensive midfielder we seems so pre-ocupied with ( instaed of looking for a decent forward ).

  5. With Jenas flakey, Palacios off form and Hudd out for the foreseeable it could be a good idea to keep O’Hara around. We’ve got no real ball winners in the midfield and some games will require someone with a bit of bite alongside Moddle.

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