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Coventry defender Sam McCallum aware of ‘flattering’ interest from Aston Villa and Leeds

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Coventry defender Sam McCallum aware of ‘flattering’ interest from Aston Villa and Leeds

Sam McCallum scored his first senior goal in the FA Cup.

Coventry City defender Sam McCallum has addressed the exit rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League or the Championship.

Speaking to The Coventry Telegraph, McCallum said he is “aware” of the interest and he finds it “flattering”. Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion are all credited with an interest in this report.

McCallum has been at Coventry since summer 2018. The teenager impressed at Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy and earned himself a contract. He had previously been playing for Herne Bay in Kent.

The 19-year-old is now a regular at left-back for Coventry, who are pushing for promotion to the Championship. He has replaced Brandon Mason in that role and scored his first goal for the club at the weekend.

In his 21st outing for the Sky Blues, the teenager netted in the 2-0 win over Colchester United in the FA Cup. His long-range free-kick evaded everyone and found the back of the net.


McCallum on exit rumours

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When quizzed about his future, McCallum told The Coventry Telegraph: “I have been aware of it but the gaffer has been keeping my feet on the ground and keeping my head at Coventry.

“He just wants to keep my head down and progress at Coventry. It’s flattering and shows I must be doing something right. It’s always nice to hear but I just want to do well for Coventry.”

TBR’s view

McCallum is a terrific talent and one to watch for the future. Despite his young age, he is thriving in League One. Mason is one of the best left-backs in the division but McCallum is keeping him out of the Coventry side.

Leeds, Aston Villa and the others should definitely be keeping their tabs on the youngster’s progress. But Coventry have tied him down to 2022 so it would take a sizeable fee.

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