The October international break was always likely to give rise to some transfer speculation for Aston Villa as the press turned their eyes back to January captures with the lull in the fixture list, and a new one on me was supposed links to Coventry City starlet Sam McCallum.
The 19-year-old made his breakthrough for the Sky Blues back in the 2018/19 campaign, making eight appearances for them, with seven of the showings coming in their League One campaign. In 2019/20, he’s continued his growth and development and already has ten appearances to his name – the defender’s career tally now reads eleven starts, with seven showings from the substitutes bench.
Being a local lad, it’s only natural that Villa would get a namecheck, but West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are all referenced as having an interest in him and it seems there have already been a number of scouts in attendance to watch him play – from our perspective, understandably so given Callum O’Hare’s switch out to them this season.
Whether we have a genuine interest remains to be seen, but in a recent interview quoted by Kent Online he certainly sounds like an ambitious, but grounded, lad who knows he has plenty of development left to do.
“Playing in the Premier League is obviously still a dream. If I went all the way it’d be so big for me because I’m one of those millions of kids who have wanted it. But at the moment I’m focusing on trying to get the starting position at Coventry and then see where it goes from there. I’m still settling in, but I’m more comfortable now. I’m more comfortable in the accommodation I’m in because I’m staying with teammate Morgan Williams, and we’re like brothers. It’s helping me with what I’m doing on the training ground and the pitch. I’m definitely living the dream.”
Given his starting experience so far, I’d be surprised if we brought him in just yet, but given we will have eyes on him in some capacity on the back of 21-year-old O’Hare, it might be a name worth remembering – especially if he establishes himself in their starting XI.