It’s turned into a strange old season for us all, not least highly rated Aston Villa Academy graduate Callum O’Hare. With a solid loan spell out in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign with Carlisle United, this season saw him make the step up to League One action as he headed for a season long spell with Coventry City.
His last match for the Sky Blues at the laughably named Trillion Trophy Stadium, came on March 7 as he helped them to victory over Ipswich Town, as they continued their own charge on promotion to the Championship – with the postponement of games at the minute, they sit pretty in top spot five points clear and with a game in hand – but understandably nobody yet knows what will happen to this campaign.
With 21-year-old O’Hare more than playing his part in their success, four goals to his name and involvement in plenty of others, given he would naturally be out of contract in the summer under normal circumstances, plenty feel he has done more than enough to earn another deal – and if not ready to play a part for us directly next season, at least step up to the Championship level with hopes of proving his promise once again.
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Former player and the Scottish Cafu, Alan Hutton, knows O’Hare well from his time at the club, and he believes he’s already ready to make the step up to the top flight next season (whenever that comes), and interestingly he continues to talk about ‘the Prem’ next season, as opposed to the Championship.
Speaking to Football Insider this week, Hutts explained.
“One I’d like to see brought into the squad is Callum O’Hare. He went out on loan and he’s done very well, I think a lot of the fans are talking about him and I’d like to see him involved more with the squad. I think he deserves a crack at it. I’ve always known he’s had ability, he’s always been a good player. Maybe people look and his size and stuff and think will he be able to hack it in the Prem? I think sometimes when you’re that clever in your movement and your passing, size doesn’t matter. It’s about your brain and technical ability. He’s always been a good player.”
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With plenty of fans seeing comparisons between Jack Grealish’s early and natural talent, and O’Hare’s style of play, the final sentence is very promising given Hutton’s knowledge of training behind the scenes.
If we stay up, it probably makes more sense to give O’Hare at least half a season in the Champ before making the Prem step up, but should the worst happen, he has to be an option the doesn’t he.