Whilst Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara maybe having the season of his life on loan at Portsmouth, but where does long term future lie?
The combative midfielder has impressed tremendously this season at Portsmouth having being loaned out by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. Tottenham currently have ample options in the midfield with the likes of Luka Modric, Tom Huddlestone, Niko Kranjcar and Wilson Palacios performing admirably. Even England international Jermaine Jenas is finding it difficult for starts and appears to be on his way out of White Hart Lane. He could be joined out of the door by Jamie O’Hara
The current on loan Portsmouth midfielder has made it clear he does not wish to sit on the bench at Tottenham any longer having proved himself at this level with some fine performances for the south coast club. Despite Portsmouth impending relegation from the Premier League, they have actually not played too bad and have had terrible luck. Jamie O’Hara has been much of the heartbeat for their impressive displays. ‘He’s doing great at Portsmouth and has a lot to offer, a really good footballer.’ Redknapp told Hotspur magazine. ‘He’s got plenty of games under his belt and is a smashing lad as well.’ When Redknapp was posed the question as to if O’Hara had a future at White Hart Lane he replied ‘Yes, I really like Jamie.’
So Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp sees some future for the former England under 21 midfielder in his side. This seems unlikely to be at the level Jamie O’Hara is happy with. A peripheral role at Tottenham is not on O’Hara’s wish list. A permanent deal with Portsmouth is extremely unlikely given they will be playing Championship football next season. It is rumoured Aston Villa will make an offer for the midfielder in the summer, yet Martin O’ Neill will have to do some serious persuading.
Fourth spot competitors Aston Villa own a wealth of midfielder talent in the likes of James Milner, Fabian Delph, Stilian Petrov and Steven Sidwell. What is to say Jamie O’Hara won’t be just another peripheral figure at Villa Park also? Unless O’Hara is guaranteed more games at Tottenham then a move to a mid table side could be on the cards. Sunderland is already expressing an interest in the midfielder and could be a good move for O’Hara. Sunderland is a large club that has fantastic financial backing with the Texan Ellis Short owning the club. He could really establish himself at a team that with the right investment and squad be challenging for European competition spots. Bolton and Wigan are other clubs that hold a keen interest.
I think for Jamie O’Hara to really kick on with his career he needs a move away from Tottenham. His fantastic form for Portsmouth this season has come from a confidence of being started consistently. He has had games under his belt and enjoying his football. Much akin to Carlos Tevez’s electric form at Manchester City after the bit part role he played at Manchester United. A move back to Tottenham where games are few and far between and cameo 15 minute appearances will just stifle this player’s obvious potential. I don’t think Spurs fans can begrudge Jaime O’Hara a move, he needs to play consistently and he just is not going to get that at Tottenham.
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