Remember Jamie O’Hara? With the arrival of Steven Pienaar adding to the embarrassment of riches in midfield, there are truly some forgotten men in the ranks at Tottenham.
O’Hara, whose last competitive outing was last season’s F A Cup final while playing for Portsmouth against Chelsea, took his place in a strong Spurs XI that demolished a QPR side 9-2 on Tuesday.
The side also featured long term absentee Jonathon Woodgate, as well as Giovanni Dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Sandro and new signing Bongani Khumalo, amongst others.
O’Hara looked in the early stages of his career as if he could be one of those rare items at Spurs – an established first team player who had come through the ranks. Instead, injury has prevented him getting a chance to prove himself this season.
If Portsmouth as a club hadn’t been such a shambles at the end of last season, chances are he would have spent the second half of 2010 warming their physio’s bench. Whether he returns to fitness this month in time for a move, loan or otherwise, remains to be seen, but it’s good that he’s playing again whatever happens.
As well as midfielders, Spurs also have an embarrassment of coaches these days and ‘Technical Co-ordinator’ Tim Sherwood, speaking on the club website said: “Jamie showed what he’s all about and a lot of experienced players in the line-up applied themselves well.”
Turning his attention to Woodgate, he commented: “Woody was outstanding, he’s not played for such a long time, but it was as if he’d never been away.”
QPR’s former Spurs keeper Radek Cerny was on the wrong end of all 9 goals as he was beaten by Keane (2), Dos Santos (2), Krancjar, Mason, Byrne, Dawkins and Lancaster.