While we ran the rule over Steven Pienaar yesterday, another Spurs midfielder was receiving great praise from his manager. However, the player in question was Jamie O’Hara and the manager was Mick McCarthy of Wolves – Jamie’s loan club.
If it hadn’t been for the problems at crisis club Portsmouth, O’Hara may well have left the club last season and if Wolves secure Premiership survival, the player’s Spurs career could be finally over.
While there’s always a difference of opinion when it comes to the abilities of a fringe player, many think that Harry Redknapp has got it wrong here. A combative midfielder with an eye for goal, O’Hara was a useful squad member who it is felt should have been given more starts. Certainly Mick McCarthy would agree.
“I think he hit a real peak when he came in then he dipped a little bit – which is natural coming back from injury – and now he’s been back at it again and he’s played really well in the last three games,” McCarthy is quoted as saying.
“When you’re playing in behind the front man you can afford to be a bit loose, but when there’s two of you in central midfield, you can’t. You need an engine and he’s a two-litre injection engine!”
Other would disagree and say that Redknapp has made the right decision and some haven’t forgiven O’Hara for comments made before the FA Cup semi final last year. Whenever a club signs a new player, the manager must surely ask if there aren’t better men already in the squad, so did Harry get the right answer to that question with Jamie O’Hara?