Solihull-born Callum O’Hare is approaching a footballing crossroads as the talented attacking midfielder contemplates the next stage of his football career.
The 25-year-old is coming to the end of his current Coventry City contract, and with the possibility of Premier League clubs coming in for him next summer, the man once compared with Solihull’s Jack Grealish has a big choice to make about what he does next.
One option would be to stay at his current club, Coventry City. But with the Sky Blues not looking likely to be in the Premier League anytime soon, he may feel the summer is the right time to move on.
Promotion or relegation a possibility for the Sky Blues
For those looking to place a football bet, it’s worth noting that the bookmakers currently price Coventry City at odds of 16/1 to be promoted this season. The Sky Blues started the season as one of the favourites, however, their form has been poor in recent weeks.
As it stands, relegation markets have Coventry City staked at odds of 13/1 to go down. There’s a lot to take into consideration before placing a bet on sports online, especially with O’Hare’s potential redemption arc ahead and the unlikely (but still possible) reality that a change of luck could be on the cards for the Sky Blues.
A bit like O’Hare’s contract situation, Coventry seems stuck in the middle, with their direction of travel looking uncertain.
Stick or Twist?
Callum O’Hare is worshipped by the fans at Coventry City. He was injured for the majority of their run to the playoff final in 2023, but the fans still welcomed him back as a returning hero when he recently returned following a ten-month injury layoff.
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) August 8, 2023
O’Hare will feel a sense of loyalty to the club and the supporters. He’ll also know that if he stays at Coventry, he could be the catalyst behind any future promotion push, and would go down in history as a club legend if he could lead the Sky Blues back to the Premier League.
But what his recent injury layoff will also have taught him is that his career is short and could be over anytime he steps out onto a football pitch. He can’t keep waiting for Coventry City to make it to the Premier League, meaning he might have to leave the Sky Blues and move there instead.
A chance to leave the Grealish comparison behind
Callum O’Hare has often been compared to fellow Solihull man Jack Grealish.
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) September 11, 2023
Both are extremely talented players, play in similar positions, and have come through the ranks at Aston Villa. The difference is Grealish has gone on to win multiple trophies, including Premier League titles, the Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup, whereas O’Hare hasn’t won anything.
A move to the Premier League next summer could be what propels Callum O’Hare onto bigger and better things in his career. It could also see him step out of Jack Grealish’s shadow and make a real name for himself.
Staying at the Sky Blues would be the safe option
Callum O’Hare is doing okay at Coventry, but there’s no guarantee the Sky Blues will gain promotion anytime soon. Staying at the CBS Arena would be the safe option, but it would also be a risk.
Moving away would, of course, also be risky. Yet O’Hare may well decide that – like Jack Grealish – to advance his career, it’s a risk well worth taking.
Written by Sam Monty