Aston Villa will be concentrating on their play-off final at Wembley, after their dramatic penalty shootout win over West Brom on Tuesday.
But Villa supporters will surely have one eye on next season, with the Villans potentially playing in the Premier League under Dean Smith.
One man that will be hoping he can force his way into the Villa boss’ plans ahead of next year’s campaign is Callum O’Hare, who has struggled to do so as of yet.
The Villa youngster has been out on loan at League Two side, Carlisle United, where he seems to have adjusted well to the physical demands of first-team football.
But at the age of 21, he’ll be at the stage of his career where he needs to have his long-term future resolved at the earliest of opportunities.
There’s no doubting that O’Hare has the quality to be playing in the Championship, but given the strength in depth that Dean Smith has available to him, it seems unlikely that O’Hare will be able to force his way into Smith’s plans anytime soon.
If Villa are to win promotion to the Premier League this season, then that’ll only strengthen the case for O’Hare to be heading for the exit door at Villa Park.
There is absolutely no way that the youngster would be getting the game time he needs to develop in the early stages of his professional career in the top-flight.
O’Hare made eight appearances for the Villa first-team back in the 2017/2018 season, but hasn’t featured since, but has benefitted from his loan spell with Carlisle in this year’s campaign.
Villa can’t afford to waste anytime in making a decision on his future though, as it could harm his development at a crucial stage of his career.
An interesting few months are ahead for the youngster, and any chance he could be given in the Aston Villa first-team could be dependent on whether the Villans win promotion back into the Premier League this season.