A couple of years ago we were debating the logic of selling of Jamie O’Hara as he came to the end of a loan spell at Wolves. Jamie would have been 24 at the time and had been on the fringes of the Spurs squad for some time as the Midlands Club looked to strike a permanent deal.
Wolves’ manager back then was Mick McCarthy and he certainly had a high opinion of the player as his words made a few fans question the wisdom of selling on.
“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 said.
“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!”
Two seasons later and that engine has ground to a halt after two successive relegations at Molineux and news that O’Hara has been told that he can leave the club.
“As a starting point to a reshaped squad, Wolves have confirmed that Karl Henry, Stephen Ward, Jamie O’Hara and Roger Johnson have officially been made available for transfer,” reads a statement on the club’s official website.
“Conversations had already taken place with the players’ agents throughout the close season as Wolves prepare for the League One campaign.”
Your reaction to our question was mixed back in May 2011 and while some talent slips through the exit door, this is one decision that Spurs seem to have got right.