Age: 20 *
At Club Since: Summer 2019 (On Loan From Aston Villa)
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 8(2) *
After the failure to secure Bright Enobakhare’s return and the loss of Tom Bayliss, finding a creative midfielder was a key piece of business left on Mark Robins’ to-do list. In Callum O’Hare, the wait is over. A low centre of gravity ball-carrier with an eye for a pass, O’Hare offers similar qualities to the ones lost with Enobakhare and Bayliss, although the concern may be whether he is a little too physically slight to impose himself on games. Some of that concern is reduced after a successful loan spell last year with Carlisle United, with this move being O’Hare’s next step up in his career and his biggest test thus far,
As someone more comfortable playing in a central attacking midfield position, rather than slightly deeper in an orthodox central midfield role, O’Hare’s arrival potentially upsets the balance of a side that has started the season strongly. The change to a 4-2-3-1 system that O’Hare’s arrival probably necessitates is one that Mark Robins has likely had in mind – having pursued Bright Enobakhare for the entirety of the summer – and isn’t a massive change from a 4-3-3 anyway. Furthermore, adding someone more creative through the middle of the pitch is something this team has been lacking over the first few games and is going to improve us as a team, providing the forward-line with better service. All that’s left is for Callum O’Hare to live up to the billing.
*As of 15/10/2019