Jamie eyes Wembley after whirlwind rise through Spurs ranks
Tottenham's young midfielder has a dream final date after impressing the new Tottenham boss DREAMS can come true – just ask young Spurs midfielder Jamie O Hara. Three months ago he was learning his trade on loan at Championship outfit Millwall. Now, the 23-y
Spurs young midfielder eyes dream final date after impressing the new Tottenham boss
DREAMS can come true - just ask young Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara.
Three months ago he was learning his trade on loan at Championship outfit Millwall.
Now, the 23-year-old is poised to walk out at Wembley in the final of the Carling Cup against Chelsea in front of 90,000 fans and a worldwide television audience of millions.
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And in doing so O'Hara will fulfil a dream he shared with his Dad Paul, while they watched England lose to Croatia in the Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley back in November.
"I went to the new Wembley for the first time for the Croatia game and I remember saying to my Dad, 'I want to play here'," O'Hara exclusively told Ham &High Sport.
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"Now, hopefully, I'll get that chance and I'll be so proud. It is something you dream of as kid and to finally have the chance will be brilliant.
The midfielder, a lifelong Spurs fan, returned from his three-month spell at The Den a stronger player, determined to show his worth to new Lilywhites boss Juande Ramos.
And the Spaniard was impressed enough to hand O'Hara his senior debut as a substitute in the 1-0 win at Portsmouth in December.
He was heavily involved in the build-up to Dimitar Berbatov's winning goal and the following week again came off the bench to set up Steed Malbranque's second in the 2-0 Carling Cup win at Manchester City.
Then, he was handed a baptism of fire full debut in the north London derby and has not looked back since.
"It has been an amazing few months for me," he said. "I've been delighted with the turnabout in my career. It has been frustrating at times but I've just tried to keep working on my game and thankfully it has paid off.
"I feel going out on loan to Millwall certainly helped me as a player and as a person. It gave me a solid foundation and a chance to learn the other side of the game, my defensive side. I had been living off scraps in midfield and it was good to see the other side of the game.
"When I came back the new manager showed confidence in me and allowed me to express myself and show what I could do.
"Then to get my first team debut so soon was just crazy and a great honour to play for a club like Tottenham."
O'Hara has special memories of his first taste of senior football at Pompey. "All my family were there," he said. "They are all big Millwall fans but were delighted. For me, it was just great to be on the bench but to get on and make a difference was a real thrill.
"Then when I made my north London debut against Arsenal it was brilliant. Again just to get on the bench would have been great but to play was superb.
"I've now played against Chelsea and Manchester United and hopefully I'll be involved in the Carling Cup final. I will be trying to impress the manager to stay in the team."
O'Hara says there is a firm belief among the players that they can beat the Blues.
"It is brilliant for the club to be in a Wembley final again," he said. "As a team we are confident we have a great chance to win a trophy.
"We have not been far off getting a result against them in the league. lt is a great opportunity to win silverware and if I get the chance to play it will be everything I've always wanted to do.
"Of course, I'm not expecting to play in every game. I just want to stay positive and be in the right frame of mind when the chance comes.
"I know Chelsea have some world-class players like Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard but those are the type of players you want to be playing against and testing yourself against.
"Chelsea at Wembley are the sort of big games you dream of playing in.