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FORMER TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, believes the Lilywhite could well be the team that will benefit the most from footballs unscheduled break.
Spurs had endured a frustrating campaign and sat eighth in the Premier League following their last outing, a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor. Injuries to key players as well as inconsistent form had hampered the North Londoners progress. However, the 33-year-old, who is now player/manager of Vanarama National League South outfit, Billericay Town, thinks the restart could provide Joe Mourinho with something of a blank canvas as he looks to rejuvenate what had appeared to be a stagnant campaign.
“Yes, it came at the right time far as Spurs are concerned,” O’Hara told Yellow Sport.
“The break could well benefit Tottenham hugely. In terms of Jose Mourinho, I’d started to feel sorry for him in some ways what with all the injuries he had to deal with.
“Heung-min Son’s back – he’d gone out and done his military service in South Korea – Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both back fit. Spurs are going to have a full squad again, fresh and ready to kick on and try to make that Champions League spot if it is still there for us.”
With early matches becoming largely unpredictable during the restart, O’Hara insisted that quality would be an important component as teams race to get back up to speed.
“Even though the team wasn’t performing before the lockdown, the best players need to be available,” he added.
“It was key to get the best players back in the team. We are now, with the break, in a position to do that.”
Nevertheless, the Billericay boss was mindful that all Premier League clubs would miss their biggest asset, the supporters: “Obviously, it is impossible to create an atmosphere with no fans in the ground – the game is for the fans.
“Without them in the ground, it’s not the same. You are going to see games lacking the same tempo, thrill, buzz and one hundred miles per hour atmosphere. You can replicate it.”