Charlton Athletic are being tipped as one of the sides to mount a serious push for promotion next year and Jamie O’Hara can help them.
That is more than likely going to force Wolves into a move which causes them to axe several of the higher profile and higher paid members of their first team, which includes O’Hara, to try and adjust to a League One budget.
Charlton offer O’Hara the chance to move back to London, where he started his youth career with Arsenal before making the switch over to Spurs where he earned a senior contract in 2005.
Following a serious of loan spells, he found himself at Wolves who gave him a permanent deal and the chance to play consistent first team football.
He doesn’t seem to have any issues with Wolves, it’s just going to be a business decision and Charlton should be one of the teams poised to try and get him on a long term contract.
His stats this season show just 19 appearances and only four assists which are figures that may make Wolves a bit keener to move him on, as opposed to if he’d been there stand out performer in an otherwise poor campaign.
He could definitely do a job for Charlton in the middle of their team because one of his greatest qualities is his basic style of midfield play.
He has the ability to link up all sections of the team quickly and effortlessly, which makes him effective working with the defence or pressing forward and creating chances for the attack.
The only stumbling block for Charlton is going to be any fee because he’s on a very long deal with Wolves, which expires in the summer of 2016.
That means if Charlton want to go in and make a move for him, it’s going to be expensive but they have their secure Championship status in the bag.
If Wolves are a League One side at the start of next season, it reduces their bargaining power over any of their players on a long contract and the price should come down ever so slightly if they need to get players out and ease the wage budget.
Either way Charlton, and other London clubs, have the chance to go after someone with Premier League and Under-21 international experience, which makes him a reliable and solid midfielder.
Chris Powell is a manager who likes quality and consistency running throughout his team and O’Hara is definitely someone who can aid a push back up to the Premier League.
Worth a gamble? Would you like to see your club go after him?
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