Danny Mills said Callum O’Hare would not be part of the first team at Aston Villa were they to survive in the Premier League this season.
The former England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, described the step up from League One to the Premier League as “huge” for the 21-year-old.
O’Hare has impressed during his time on loan at Coventry City, scoring four goals and contributing 7 assists in 35 appearances this campaign.
The former England under-20 international netted the opener as the Sky Blues beat Sol Campbell’s Southend United 2-0 on Saturday.
When asked if the attacking midfielder had impressed enough to be involved at Villa Park next season, Mills told Football Insider: “It depends where Villa are. They will have to wait and see.
“They have to have a plan for being in the Premier League and a plan in case it all goes wrong.
“For a player that is scoring goals at Coventry to go into a Villa first team in the Premier League is huge.
“We saw how Tammy Abraham has done but it has taken him a long time to go through that system. Scoring loads in the Championship to scoring a few in the Premier League.
“It is not easy, that step up. You never know until you get that chance but it is more likely he will be involved if the worst happens to Aston Villa.”
The loanee has helped elevate Mark Robbins’ side to second in League One, level on points with top-of-the-table Rotheram, with a game in hand.
With Jack Grealish continuously linked with a move away from the West-Midlands, the youngster may be given a chance by Dean Smith next season.
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