I just read Coxie’s blog on O’Hara and the comments below it.
All in all, I couldn’t believe some of the negative comments about O’Hara!
‘Mid-table at best’??? Do you even watch him play?
O’Hara is gritty, committed to whatever club he’s playing for and scores some top-drawer goals. He also appears to be a better free-kick taker than Bale and Van Der Vaart.
Dear negative commenters,
You seem to be expecting some kind of Lionel Messi carbon copy to constitute something above ‘mid-table quality’. What criteria are you using to slate O’Hara?
Lack of appearances?? Lack of goals? A spot on the ITV pundit panel during a semi-final between his loan club and permanent club??
Being ineligible to play against your permanent club isn’t his fault. He was put on the spot with the question about who he wanted to win the semi-final. There was no malice in my opinion when he leaned towards Portsmouth, because he was a player for that club at the time and wanted to compete for a personal honour at Wembley. What’s wrong with wanting to win a title?? If he wasn’t playing for Portsmouth, he’d probably be in that semi-final squad for US. Then you wouldn’t think anything of it.
I don’t hold a grudge against him for that. And why should I?
His quotes were taken way out of context to suit the boo-boys’ own ends.
As for lack of appearances, it’s not his fault that managements have overspent on many midfielders, thereby forcing him onto the bench. It’s another sad story which will end with O’Hara going somewhere else permanently. Pienaar will also follow suit. Watch that space.
We already have Kranjcar looking to leave for greener pastures, and quite right too. I wouldn’t want to be a top footballer sitting on the bench where nobody can see him exhibit true footballing talent.
Apart from Ledley King, Jamie O’Hara has been the only player from OUR youth ranks to get a string of regular first-team appearances and you want him gone!!!???
We need more players like him from the youth ranks, like the old days.
And before you counter-argue that point, Defoe came from Charlton, Rose and Lennon came from Leeds, Dawson came from Nottingham Forest and Bale came from Southampton.
If you can come up with another regular starting player [apart from O’Hara] who has come through our youth ranks since Ledley King I’d love to hear about it.Follow @TrfficTottenham