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O'HARA ON THE UP

Posted on 7 August 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen can see a growing maturity in Jamie O'Hara's impressive pre-season performances.

Clive Allen can see a growing maturity in Jamie O'Hara's impressive pre-season performances.

The young midfielder has caught the eye of boss Martin Jol after playing a part in our opening five first team friendlies this summer.

Back in our Spurs XI team, Jamie pulled the strings in the win against Cambridge City before opening the scoring against Fisher Athletic with a superb 30-yard curler into the top corner last week.

The 19-year-old scored five goals in 19 appearances in a successful loan spell at Chesterfield in League One last season and his progress was rewarded with a new deal at Spurs.

“I've talked to Jamie about his game when he's playing in the Spurs XI matches and it's not easy for him because he's tasted first team football in pre-season,” said development coach Clive.

“He knows where he wants to go but he also knows he has to keep performing at a consistent level at reserve level.

“It's a test for him and at the moment he's approaching it in the right way. He played well at Fisher and his goal was something special.

“I feel he's matured as a player and that's exactly what we hoped for on the back of his loan at Chesterfield last season.”