Jamie O’Hara has tasted relegation before, so you can forgive him for giving everything to the cause at Wolves to make sure lightening doesn’t strike twice. His performances since his loan switch from Tottenham have been brilliant, and yet again we are seeing that the 24-year-old is more than good enough for the Premier League. Are Spurs wrong to be overlooking such a talent?
It would certainly seem that way given some of the problems Harry Redknapp has in the middle of the park. He himself must have identified it to be a weak spot considering his recent injury list, as the manager tried in vain to sign Charlie Adam. I’d argue that if Redknapp would have got his man, Tottenham would have parted with in-excess of £15 million when they had a perfectly good centre-midfielder just waiting for the chance to stake a claim for a place in Jamie O’Hara.
I suppose the flip side of the coin is that when the likes of Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Tommy Huddlestone are all fit, O’Hara’s chances are once again going to become limited. But wouldn’t Charlie Adam’s as well? I’d even go as far as saying that if I was in Redknapp’s shoes and had to choose between O’Hara or someone like Jermaine Jenas to plug a gap left by his regulars, I’d be tempted to go for the current Wolves loanee.
The Midlands club won’t be complaining of course. O’Hara is that little bit of creative quality which they’ve lacked in recent times. Along with the ever-impressive Matt Jarvis, Mick McCarthy has some real players at Molineux and they have every chance of staying up. Amongst others, Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Wolves’ current league position doesn’t reflect just how good they are, and I hope he’s right.
If Wolves manage to stay up, I can see O’Hara extending his spell in the Black Country for longer than the loan-spell which is the current arrangement. Wolves can provide the Englishman with a real platform to prove Harry Redknapp wrong. He will get regular games and will become one of the most important figures at the club – a role he seems to be relishing at the moment.
Wolves have a long way to go but they can start making plans for next season. They may be out of the drop-zone at the moment, but it’s that tight down at the bottom that one defeat could pull you straight back into the thick of things. It’s not getting any easier, either. McCarthy’s sides next three fixtures read: Tottenham at home, (as always when a player moves between clubs) Aston Villa away and Newcastle away. Spurs speak for themselves so will provide a huge test, one which O’Hara will be unable to take part it due to Premier League rules preventing him from playing against his parent club. Wolves’ away form has been a problem for them all season, so a trip to in-form local rivals Villa, is also going to be incredibly tricky.
But the Spurs game aside, O’Hara could be the answer to Wolves’ troubles. If Tottenham continue to suffer with injuries and have to rely on their fringe players, seeing Wolves grow with O’Hara at the centre of things could make Redknapp regret the day he once again decided to over look his forgotten man.
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