Date: 17th February 2008 at 6:45pm
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Guys, my only sources of information are a near whole page dedicated to Jamo and short conversations I have had with the man himself.

The news of the world reveal that Jamo uses a sports psychologist to mentally prepare him to consistently play at the top level. He readily admits that this extra help has taken him to new heights this year.

Although it is my opinion that along with this psychologist, sheer hard work and dedication are key contributing factors to making saves like the last minute effort against Bolton. Let’s be honest, you don’t get a physique like Jamo’s by not training hard.

He says in today’s NOTW that his preparation starts in the car, “We work on loads of things. Imagery training, for example. There have been a lot of jokes about when I drive into games, every time I stop at traffic lights, I’ll imagine catching crosses. It’s taken as being quite nuts. But it’s part of the imagery work, you imagine yourself doing the right things and it helps you to do them.” In my book, that’s dedication, concentrating the mind before he even reaches the ground.

He goes on to talk about watching the darts players on TV, “They are all hitting 180’s and, suddenly, they go. The TV cameras are on and some can’t cope. It’s a big mental thing.”

Jamo will admit to being a perfectionist, but with the experience of age is now admitting that you must be happy with what you have done well and that in goalkeeping in particular you cannot produce a perfect display, although I can name games where he has near as performed one!

Jamo likes what he sees in the Fabio Capello England camp, where he was recently given a huge vote of confidence by being played the whole 90 mins, he said, “It would be easy to say everything was perfect because I played for 90 mins and felt good. It was thorough and felt good. Wearing the no.1 jersey is great, but more importantly, I saw a set up that I liked. I thought, hey, this is a guy who knows what he wants and he knows how he wants you to do it.”

On a personal note, I’ve said on this site more than once that I honestly believe that Jamo can play at the top, top level for at least another 3 years, taking us past the 2010 world cup, if so he can hardly be seen as a short term measure can he! This is how some continue to label Jamo’s England status, but there is most definitely not a better English keeper, if indeed a better keeper than him playing anywhere.

On his domestic club football he has this to say, “We are making large strides to be one of the best teams in the country. Part of that progression is getting to the F.A. cup finals – and winning the F.A. cup final.”

So then, fellow Vital Pompey members, that is the vision Jamo has for our future, one of the best clubs in the country and F.A. cup winners this year. How refreshing to hear confidence and long term vision coming from the dressing room at Fratton Park.

I have written this article following suggestion on the site that Spurs are after our man Jamo. I think the last part of the article would suggest that Jamo sees himself in Blue on the south coast for the foreseeable future.

One worrying note though is that as yet Jamo is, as I understand, out of contract in the summer. I would hope the club make it an absolute priority to address this issue, then if anyone were to come in to take away one of our prized assets, it would cost, say, £9-10 Million.

Written by pompey4me.

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36 Replies to “England’s No.1”

  • there isnt a better keeper in the country at the moment, jamie redknapp reckons there aint a better keeper in the world – the fella watches alot of football, so im not gonna argue… we must get a contract in front of him asap, we cannot afford to lose this fella for a good 2-3 years minimum…

  • Gianluigi Buffon is the only other keeper who I can think of who saves as instinctively as James. Both keepers play for my favourite teams and when Buffon moved to Juventus he cost £27 million. It seems mad that 10 years is costing Jamo that same price tag.

  • nice read but if you pop across to Vital Spurs (have the innoculations first though) they reckon they’re gonna sign him!

  • Great stuff Simon sorry P4me – I say after today we should sign him for life!! He was immense and totally out thought and out nerved Whaley with the penalty. Awesome.

  • Just how many points do you think he has won, or saved us this and last season? What a player, what a guy! merlin, we find now that the more successfull we are becoming our better players (and we have many) are being linked here, there and everywhere. We are getting used to it. As for Jamo, I dont think he will go anywhere.

  • And thanks for the comments Rug, yep all, I did write this before todays game, but then he produces wonder saves every game out, doesnt he?

  • Pompey4me: Very good article – Don’t you think also that Jamo is in danger of becoming a true idol – not only a superb footballer but his post match interview was refreshingly articulate – a real change from the usual can’t read or write fodder that ends up on our screens – It left me thinking that Jamo is destined for a post football career in TV – move over Lineker.

  • Anyone, look at the guys physique, (a bit like my own I like to think) after the game today This guy can play for England for at least the next 3 years dont you think?

  • Thanks chris, yes, as a fan that goes to the home game with my kids, we quite often have the job of lining up for 2 hours to get the players autographs. Let me tell you, jamo makes sure he signs every one, gives my kids tips and encouragement for thier own football and then talks to us parents in an intelligent way. A very articulate guy that knows what a priveledged position he is in. Lets all thank ‘arry for Jamo!

  • yep, so have i – again, must admit ive nipped over several times today to check the jamo story – and as i said there i ‘might’ have had similar views – but nowhere near as blinkered – before he signed for us… he is without doubt the best keeper in the land at this point and if he ‘was’ playing for them this season despite their shocking start to the season and a woeful defence he would have saved them, and won them enough points for them to have been in the champions league places by now – if we could have profited more from some points he has saved us and turned them into 3 we would be now, and maybe still could be… but thats for another time 🙂

  • Great article Rugster! I gtta say, that save from Mellor was outstanding..however, when ur keeper keeps getting MOTM u know u got problems in hasnt looked all that good over the past couple of games!

  • Hes great for you guys and hes the reason your doing so well in the league. Hes Englands number 1 deservedly but due to his age i hope trhe links to us are false , for both teams! good luck this season

  • My god, a spurs fan with a decent outlook, thanks mate, shame some other of your cave dwellers arent as honest as you!

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