Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that youngster Callum O’Hare will be in the match day squad for the clash against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
Villa head to Hillsborough looking to right a couple of wrongs on a creativity front following defeat to Fulham and a bore draw against Preston North End, and with creativity being a hot topic amongst fans of late following injuries to Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah and the obvious effect that had had on the squad in an attacking sense, Bruce’s confirmation that O’Hare will be in the group will be a great boost to those who have been championing his involvement.
Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Bruce said of our youngster.
‘Callum has been in my thoughts since the EFL Cup game at Colchester in August. We know what he can do but such has been the form of the team that he hasn’t been called upon. But he’s always been in my thinking and I’ve got no problems at all in selecting him if I have to. He’s in the squad for tomorrow, so we’ll wait and see.’
It’s hard to argue with the run of seven wins on the spin, and some fans will still grumble that O’Hare or Doyle-Hayes weren’t more automatic ‘go to’ picks once we lost Grealish and Adomah, purely their more busy nature on the pitch than the likes of Onomah, Bjarnason, Hourihane and Jedinak to name just four, but at least Bruce has now twisted to O’Hare and hopefully he takes his shot.
We can’t expect him to single handedly drive us to three points, but his freshness and unknown capability element has got to be more of an advantage than getting what we expect from others.
Having shone in our last Under 23 tie – a six one victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers – O’Hare was left out of the Premier League Cup tie affair with Ipswich Town and that left many thinking he would be involved.
Over to O’Hare and hopefully he gets, and takes, the opportunity he’s waited extremely patiently for.
And did anyone notice Callum O’Hare wasn’t in the squad last night?…. Could it indicate he’ll be in the squad for Sheffield Wednesday perhaps? – Pride of Lions
Great result for the lads but I find it frustrating when I hear from a friend who attended that O’Hare was ‘outstanding’ as well as Bree. If particularly O’Hare was fit enough to play last night then he certainly could have played tonight against PNE and add some spark and creativity to our one-dimensional midfielders that Bruce keeps on playing regardless of how poor they are playing. – Thomas Holte
Thing about O’Hare, it seems to be not just skills but attitude; he never gives up. There comes a time when you just have to throw a player in. And just waiting until the tail end of a game when the result has already been sorted is not the way to do it. – McParlandTheGreat
Give the boy some game-time, even if it’s only 20 minutes. If he’s good, he’s good enough for game. Sooner or later another club will come sniffing and offer him first team football. – Gazgecko
O`Hare, Doyle-Hayes and RHM would improve our first team squad IMO. We know how good they are now. – Aspinall
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