Sam McCallum

Position: Left-Back

Age: 19 *

At Club Since: Summer 2018

Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 19(0) *

As someone brought in to play with the under-18 team last summer, to have made his league debut by December is an immense credit to McCallum’s rapid progression since signing from non-league Herne Bay. Although McCallum has yet to show what he’s really capable of, he has shown an impressive level application in his performances thus far, not letting moments of defensive frailty or his technique letting him down change the way he plays.

As of the time of writing, McCallum is the second-choice left-back heading into the new season. Given Brandon Mason’s constant fitness issues, you would suspect that McCallum will get a reasonable number of opportunities to demonstrate he is improving as a footballer and learning from some difficult early appearances. In terms of the squad overall, Mark Robins may want to bring in more senior cover at left-back to allow McCallum to be loaned out and build up experience at a level more befitting his current ability. Given what observers at under-23 level have seen from McCallum, he is someone worth keeping an eye on as a first-choice player in years to come.

*As of 14/12/2019

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