Bye, bye Jamie
I think that Jamie O'Hara leaving Spurs at the end of the season is as much of a certainty as it is Pompey are being relegated and playing in the FA cup final again - I would imagine that his locker is already in a skip outside their training ground in fact.
The guy, despite a bit of a rough patch during his loan spell before Christmas, has been immense for us - like a Matty Taylor and Gary O'Neil figure rolled into one for me. Although his dead ball skills are not 'always' as good as you would hope, nor do they warrant taking virtually all corners and freekicks, although when they pay off, boy do they pay off!
Following the season that he has had, and of course the fact that we are going down, the chances of us being able to sign him, be it on loan or permanently for next season are slim - which is a shame.
What I would say though is anyone expecting 'decent money' to be spent this summer would be wrong, consoldation is the name of the game now and picking up some decent(ish) freebies, cheapies and loanees, and retaining as many players as if 'financially' viable is our best hope.
'If' Avram Grant remains our manager, and some other players stayed, there is the 'small hope' that he could too. Part of me keeps saying we have no chance of this, yet the other part says maybe, just maybe?
Yet with 'rumours' of West Ham joining Newcastle and Wolves in the £5m 'race' for him this prices us out right away...
To have the admiration that he has got from the Pompey fans must be something else, especially for a loanee who will 'probably' walk away with the player of the season award, and whatever anyone says 'most' DO fall in love with the club and the fans - Jamie has done this without a doubt. So, the thought of this carrying on would leave him thinking 'should I stay?' With it 'said' that his old man said over the weekend that he loves it here and would drop down to the Championship if he had to, was that a 'little hint?'
Years of following Pompey DOES make you stop and think more and 'expecting the unexpected' or in fact 'never saying never' is something you have to do but our best bet would surely have to be Spurs agreeing another season long loan, with a possible option to buy?
This though is not something I could see happening, especially if other clubs are sniffing around and talking of offering £5m for the guy.
Whatever though at least, touch wood, he's going to Wembley - the guy, without a doubt, deserves this...
PLAY UP POMPEY!