Date: 11th September 2009 at 1:59pm
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I know that Jamie O’Hara has not even played a game for Pompey yet, and I also know that this is only a loan spell but I have – as I have often said – also though that he was bedding in very well and I would not write off a permanent move to Pompey, in fact I often suggest that I would not be surprised by this…

Signing a new contract with Spurs before his joining us on loan until January, with the option to extend until the end of the season, was seen by many as meaning that he was very much part of Spurs’ long-term future.

For me this signing of a new contract was nothing more than a ‘keep them on my side’ move as we know from his time here once Jamie’s Dad has ‘made up his mind’ about a player that is that – and for me he has done this with O’Hara. He is not a ‘big enough name’ so he will not feature that predominantly in the future for Spurs, and will only get pushed further down his thought process, so if the 22-year-old continues to enjoy life at Pompey, after he starts playing, I think there is a very good chance of him staying.

This is something that he has today told sky sports news: ‘obviously that’s what Tottenham want me to do. They want me to play football.

‘On a personal view I just want to play. Whether it’s at Portsmouth or Tottenham I just want to play football.

‘If I’m going to be playing my football here then that’s where I’m going to be playing my football.’

There seems to be a lot of Matty Taylor and Gary O’Neil about O’Hara, he seems to wear his heart on his sleeve, will give nothing short of everything week-in-week-out and run about all day long for the benefit of the side – he also seems to have that similar spark of quality about him, but as I say as he is not that ‘superstar name’ I feel he will ultimately suffer the same fate at Spurs as this pair did with Pompey, which had ultimately proved very much to our cost!

Out of all the signings we have made, and to be fair we have got in some ‘decent players’, he was the one that stood out for me most and I would be delighted if we could keep him – now all we need is for him to perform as well on the pitch as he does off it, and I am not talking about activities with a certain Miss Lloyd…

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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