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Callum O'Hare deserves more first-team chances at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

The Aston Villa youngster has produced some excellent displays at U23 level recently.

Callum O'Hare of Aston Villa and Jamie McCart of Celtic in action during the Premier League International Cup match between Aston Villa U23's and Celtic U23's at Villa Park on November 9,...

Aston Villa youngster Callum O'Hare has already been involved with the first-team so far this season and, on the evidence of the midfielder's latest performance for the club's U23 side, he could soon become an important part of Steve Bruce's plans.

O'Hare, who can play as a central midfielder or on either flank and has been capped by England at U20 level, has featured three times in the Championship this campaign and was an unused substitute as Villa beat Ipswich Town 2-0 on Saturday.

Callum O'Hare of Aston Villa and Anthony Raston of Celtic in action during the Premier League International Cup match between Aston Villa U23's and Celtic U23's at Villa Park on November 9,...

Yesterday O'Hare was back playing for Villa U23s and he was in inspired form as he scored and provided an assist in a 2-1 victory away to Norwich City.

Last month O'Hare scored a hat-trick against Newcastle United U23s, while he has six goals in seven games for the second string this campaign.

Composed in possession and excellent technically, O'Hare is an excellent talent and the 19-year-old is highly rated at Villa, as shown by the fact that he was given a new deal last month.

A general view prior to the pre-season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Villa are performing well at present and have won their last three Championship games in succession as they push for promotion, so there isn't much of a need for Bruce to make significant alterations to his side.

However, O'Hare's excellent displays should encourage Bruce to give him more game time, when possible, as a substitute in the Championship to enable him to become increasingly accustomed to senior football and to help persuade him that he could have a future at the club.

 

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