Jamie O’Hara has told TalkSPORT that he regrets leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2011 to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and wishes he remained at the club despite a lack of game time.
O’Hara, 33, came through the ranks at north London rivals Arsenal – joining the Gunners as a 12-year-old and staying at the club until he was 17. However, Tottenham came calling, and lured the midfielder to across north London in 2003.
The midfielder broke into Tottenham’s senior side, making his debut under Juande Ramos and clocking up 56 appearances in all competitions for Spurs. However, he was in and out of the side and went on loan four times.
The final loan saw O’Hara opt to make it permanent – joining Wolves for £5million (BBC) in 2011 as a 24-year-old. Spells at Blackpool, Fulham and Gillingham followed, before becoming Billericay Town manager. He spoke of his regret at leaving Spurs.
“I was in and out of the team but I felt part of the football club,” O’Hara said. “I wasn’t starting the Premier League games and at that point, I wanted to. The Premier League was the pinnacle. We signed Luka Modric, it was hard.
“I left and went to Wolves and that’s probably one of the ones where I think, I should’ve stuck it out. When you step down and leave a big club, thinking you can get back to the top, it never materialises. I should’ve stayed at the top.”
Unfortunately for O’Hara, Tottenham’s midfield was glittered with top talent during the season in which he left. As O’Hara mentions Modric had been signed, while Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone, Rafael van der Vaart and more wanted a place.
Wolves fans reacted to O’Hara’s comments about regretting his exit, and many have responded by saying they also regret O’Hara’s exit from Tottenham – wishing the midfielder had stayed at Spurs instead of moving to Molineux.
To be fair Jamie, Speaking on behalf of all wolves fans we wish you’d have rejected the move 👍🏻
— Matt Baker (@mrbaker82) March 24, 2020
I wish he’d stayed at spurs
— Steve Underhill (@WWFC_Warwick) March 24, 2020
Yeah…I wish you had stayed there as well pal…mind you….perhaps the "step down" you talk of, is the other way around these days……🤔🤔🐺🐺
— Yozza (@lupin_1877) March 24, 2020
Has he looked back at his performances? He became a nothing player after signing permanent. Massive letdown on massive wages.
— Andy (@andypmr) March 24, 2020
We all wish he’d stayed at spurs trust me
— carl hipkiss (@hipcock) March 24, 2020
I think you had talent, but for one reason or another, from what I saw at Wolves you were carried and barely put a shift in. Karl Henry must have run miles covering for you. Maybe you were injured, I just dont know.
— tim pringle (@prings64) March 24, 2020