‘We have got him’ – Coventry City chief provides updates on the stay of the Aston Villa loan star

Mark Robins remains confident that Aston Villa’s Callum O’Hare will remain in Coventry City for the remainder of the season.

The thrilling midfielder is in a season with Sky Blues where he got rave reviews, none other than his sensational man-of-the-match performance against Bristol Rovers in Tuesday night’s FA Cup third round replica at St Andrew.

Villa boss Dean Smith said last week that he would look into his loan players’ situations before the January transfer window closes, but Robins has no reason to think anything will change with the club deal. of the Premier League.

Asked if he had confirmation from Villa Park that the 21-year-old is certain to stay for the second half of the campaign, when City is looking to promote the championship, Robins said: “We don’t need it, we took it for the season. .

Callum O’Hare in action for Coventry City against Bristol Rovers

“So unless they call him back, which is within their rights, we don’t need confirmation.

“But, ultimately, he is their player and we are totally respectful of everything and what people want to do with their players depends on them.

“I hope they don’t because he played an important role and will continue to do so.”

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The hare had been used as a regular impact diver in the weeks leading up to the cup game on Tuesday evening, but it’s clear that the captivating form of the lively attacker will order more game minutes in the next few games.

Loan star Liam Walsh has been regularly in the starting lineup since early November and Coventry has confirmed that he will remain for the duration of his seasonal loan from the city of Bristol.

“We said about Liam and Callum that Walshy played more minutes late, but things will change around,” said the manager.

“And Callum’s performance the other night, and earlier when he came off the bench, was exceptional.

“So it will continue to develop with us and we hope we have achieved it for the rest of the season.

“But like I said, we’re going on with things because nobody told us anything.”

Asked if he has seen a marked development in O’Hare since joining the club in the summer, Robins said, “I think he’s a good player, there’s no doubt about it, and what he has is really good quality. and a really calm head, and he’ll be better and better. And he needs to play.

“And what he’s done here is good for his development and will set him up for the rest of his career.”

He added: “He has done really well and is pushing and pushing constantly, but he is doing it to try to improve himself.

“It doesn’t change in training. It’s exactly the same in games and that means it gets better and becomes the best it can be because it gives you the best opportunity to train every day.”


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