Jamie O’Hara believes that Tottenham Hotspur’s move into their new stadium will ensure that they finish in the top four this season, per talkSPORT.
Spurs opened the doors to their new ground for the first time on Sunday as Spurs Under-18s beat Southampton 3-1.
Spurs will officially move into their new home next month, with the first competitive game coming against Crystal Palace on April 3rd.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently attempting to qualify for the Champions League and sit third in the Premier League, one point clear of Arsenal in fourth and three clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, Chelsea, in sixth, are four points back.
They face a nail-biting finish to the season, then, with games against the top two, Liverpool and Manchester City, also to come, both away from home.
But O’Hara, who played for the club between 2005 and 2011, believes that Spurs have an ace card.
Speaking on Jim White’s show, O’Hara was questioned on whether Tottenham could drop out of the top four, replying: “It’s a tough run-in. Honestly, I think going back to the stadium is massive for them.
“You’re going to go back and you’re going to feel at home. The problem with playing at Wembley is it’s not Tottenham.
“It’s not the people around there, it’s not the staff, you know what it’s like when you play at home, you have the same people, the same staff, the stewards, it feels like home and everyone’s there and you know you’re at home and you know you’ve got everyone on your side.
“I think going back there is going to give them 10 or 15% in terms of the atmosphere and everything about the club being there. I really hope they can get into the top four, I think they can.”
O’Hara has nailed it.
There is a reason Spurs fans are so giddy at the prospect of returning to Tottenham.
It will provide that extra boost between now and the end of the season, with the club also set to face City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Spurs have all the incentive they need to ensure they are in the competition again next season; there can be very few excuses if they are overhauled by either United or Chelsea.
After all, the club were unbeaten at home in their final season at White Hart Lane; don’t be surprised if history repeats itself between now and May.