Alan Hutton has tipped Aston Villa loanee Callum O’Hare to be the club’s next breakthrough player.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the 21-year-old has got the outstanding technical ability to make an impact on the senior side after his impressive form at Coventry City.
The attacking midfielder has played 39 times on loan with the Sky Blues this season, helping them top the League One table with 10 games left to play.
Having trained alongside the starlet during his time at Villa, Hutton believes it is time to give the youngster a promotion to the senior squad – although believes Coventry will be pushing to take him back this summer.
Hutton told Football Insider: “One I’d like to see brought into the squad is Callum O’Hare. He’s went out on loan and he’s done very well, I think a lot of the fans are talking about him and I’d like to see him involved more with the squad.
“I think he deserves a crack at it. He’s done really well, by all accounts they’re trying to keep hold of him and stuff, he’s had goals and assists, he’s the main man now.
“I’ve always known he’s had ability, he’s always been a good player. Maybe people look and his size and stuff and think will he be able to hack it in the Prem?
“I think sometimes when you’re that clever in your movement and your passing, size doesn’t matter. It’s about your brain and technical ability. He’s always been a good player.”
O’Hare, who has just nine appearances for Villa, is out of contract at the club this summer, having penned a two-and-a-half-year deal back in 2017.
In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has tipped one star to join Midlands rivals Wolves.