75(ish) Games In: Callum O’Hare

For Callum O’Hare, this season is about proving that he is one of the best players in his position in the division. Having made the step-up to the Championship last year, O’Hare grew into the campaign, eventually finding his form as a creative force in the final months of the season. There is no doubt now that Callum O’Hare is capable of winning games at Championship level through his individual talent, the task for him this season is to prove he can do so on a consistent basis. If Callum O’Hare can, it really could be the difference between a fight for survival or a more memorable campaign for the Sky Blues.

Callum O’Hare’s game is defined by his work-rate. A relentless runner without the ball and someone who constantly looks to drive forward with it, O’Hare constantly gets into dangerous areas. It is what he does from those positions that will define whether he will take the next step forward in his development, but, as is apparent from how often he is fouled, that ability to get into threatening positions is an asset in and of itself. It means there should be plenty of opportunities for O’Hare to refine his decision-making – another reason why he wins so many fouls is due to dithering slightly at key moments – and finishing, a little more composure in his game wouldn’t go amiss.

For much of last season, Callum O’Hare was the team’s only creative outlet, which often saw him run aground in areas of the pitch from where he couldn’t influence the game. This time out, there is the promise that more control of possession via Gustavo Hamer and Ben Sheaf in midfield, as well as the attacking presence Viktor Gyokeres provides will reduce the burden on Callum O’Hare. With more space and freedom, O’Hare could be an especially threatening force in attacking midfield, but it is still up to the player to develop a stronger killer instinct when in good positions. Currently the team’s star player, the stage is set for Callum O’Hare to demonstrate just how good he can be.

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