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Leeds United are set to step up their pursuit of Coventry City youngster Sam McCallum over the international break, as reported by Football Insider.
Aston Villa are also thought to be keen on the left back, who has been handed his chance this season after suspensions and injuries hit the Sky Blues squad hard.
McCallum has had an interesting route into senior football; he started life with non-league side Herne Bay, later attending Jamie Vardy’s ‘V9’ academy which aims to develop young non-league talent and find them a Football League club.
His big chance came after Fankaty Dado saw red against Portsmouth. That opened a space at left back which McCallum filled with gusto. Dabo came back into the side, but McCallum kept his place for a handful of fixtures with his rival taking up the right back slot instead.
He’s dropped out of the team recently, but the 4-0 defeat against Rotherham saw him missing and he may well find a recall is in order to prevent another embarrassment. The Coventry back four didn’t look like they’d played together at all this weekend.
Despite the imminent return to first team action, the Sky Blues really should think about cashing in. When all their players are fit, McCallum is a fringe defender at best and if a Championship club are lining up a big bid, then it’s wise to grab the cash and bring in senior professionals.
Coventry operate on a small squad and if they’re going to keep the pressure up on the top six, they might need more depth going into the New Year. Matty Godden has had an average start to life with Mark Robins’ side and Gervane Kastaneer isn’t settling as quickly as some might hope.
This season is crucial for Coventry. If they achieve promotion it will give them a bigger bargaining chip when it comes to any developments with their ground and with Robins on the cusp of taking them to the top six, they must make sure they back him as much as possible.
They missed out on Tyler Walker in the summer with Robins claiming money was the issue; Walker has seven goals for rivals Lincoln City now and could well be the difference between tenth and fifth. To lose a reserve left back, no matter what his potential is, would be a minor blow to Robins, but being given the funds to spend how he sees fit would be a big advantage.,
It doesn’t matter how good McCallum might be in the future, right now he isn’t crucial to the Sky Blues first team and that surely makes him a highly saleable asset if the money is right.