What do you get if you combine the January transfer window with the transfer record of Spurs, then throw into the mixer Harry Redknapp? The answer would normally be a hive of activity in the offices of both football agents and those diligent folk at HM Revenue & Customs. So far however all concerned have taken a break from their recent form and enjoyed an extended vacation from their usual duties.
As you would expect of this time of year there has been lots of talk in the last few days of arrivals and departures at the lane. The likes of Matthieu Flamini, Scott Parker and most recently Sandro have all been linked with moves to Spurs which I would assume means curtains for Jamie O’Hara.
With the exception of Sandro whom I know little about other than the fact he is a promising holding midfielder, I hope links to Flamini and Parker are nothing more than paper talk. I question whether either Flamini or Parker offer anything more than O’Hara and fail to see how they would improve the current squad.
Although I understand that the player wants assurances of regular first team football, O’Hara who only recently signed a new long-term contract with the club is exactly the type of player Spurs should hang onto. He is a promising English player who possesses the rare ability to be able to play in many positions competently throughout the team. He posses the combative skills, passing ability and work rate to play either central midfield, on the left flank or even at left back if required. He takes set pieces, is not frightened to have a shot and although I accept that he will never be a world-beater; think that Spurs could regret letting the versatile youngster go if they plan to compete on all fronts next season.
Despite who might come in during the transfer window it seems that the writing is definitely on the wall for the former youth academy product and it is only a matter of time before he is moved on to ply his trade on a permanent basis elsewhere.
Written By Pete Harris