To say that Jamie O’Hara will not be looking forward to his imminent return to White Hart Lane is an enormous understatement.
The 23-year-old has thrived during his season-long loan at Portsmouth earning rave reviews for his determined performances, but, is now facing an unpalatable return to life as a substitute at Spurs after appearing in last weekend’s FA Cup Final.
The midfielder has publically stated that he has no desire to revert back to the status of a bit-part player after being one of the first names to appear on Avram Grant’s team sheets at Fratton Park.
And he has every reason to be duly concerned with Harry Redknapp possessing an obvious abundance of choice in midfield with Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios, Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas all vying for a place in the starting line up. O’Hara can also play on the left flank where Spurs have Gareth Bale, Niko Kranjcar and Danny Rose all above him in the pecking order.
If that wasn’t enough to contend with, O’Hara hardly ingratiated himself with the Tottenham faithful when he said that he wanted the North Londoners to lose to Fulham in their FA Cup quarter final clash as Pompey were due to play the winners and he knew that the terms of his contract would preclude him playing in the semi final against Spurs.
With his chances of regular first team football at White Hart Lane looking rather unlikely, the England U21 international now has a clear choice between handing in a transfer request and forcing himself into Harry Redknapp’s plans.
Whilst O’Hara has now reconciled with Redknapp over his controversial comments, I believe it would be better for the Spurs boss to release a player who is obviously unhappy to stay at the club. Newly-promoted Newcastle have been linked with him and at 24-years-old, O’Hara can no longer be described as ‘one for the future’ adding further fuel to the fire for Tottenham cashing in on their asset.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place, I suspect that O’Hara will show the grit and determination that he is so closely associated with and respond in the best way he knows how by letting his feet do the talking and thus plying his trade far away from White Hart Lane next season.