Player Analysis - Callum O'Hare
English, 23-year-old attacking midfielder.
O'Hare started 40 Championship games and appeared in 6 more from the bench.
3,596 minutes played.
- Second only to Dom Hyam in both games and minutes.
3 goals. 8 assists.
Whoscored.com gives O'Hare a season rating of 6.69. 7th best in the squad.
O'Hare is almost exclusively a #10, but often seems to have freedom across the field. His role within the line-up has changed throughout the season.
Expectations, based on an overall analysis of Coventry's style of play.
Connect the team with the forwards. Create goal scoring opportunities
Play in the space between defenders and midfielders.
- Most fouled in the Championship - 116 times.
Hold the ball, bring the rest of the team forward.
- 66 successful dribbles (6th in the Championship)
Holding the ball.
Dribbling at defenders and into spaces.
Movement, with and without the ball, as well as in/out of possession.
Loss of possession, in particular the final pass.
Opinion on O'Hare has been mixed this season. A traditional #10 is 'expected' to have more assists and to score more goals. Yet, the Coventry team changed several times, with the role that O'Hare fulfilling adjusting each time also.
A quick comparison for the traditionalist. Benchmark - Buendia (NOR) had 16 assists from right forward, the most in the Championship. Also had 15 goals.
Olise (REA) had 12 assists and played more centrally.
Wilson (CAR), who also plays internationally for Wales, had 9 goals and 11 assists.
Now consider, O'Hare played in a mid-table Coventry team with just 49 goals and a top scorer (Walker) with 7.
When Coventry played with a single striker, it would result in more direct play because the system was set up to counter the opponent. In particular, the game versus Norwich at St.Andrews shows the preference to set up with a compact midfield and deep defensive line. It results in an isolated Walker and O'Hare being bypassed a lot.
When Coventry did get on the ball with the single striker, O'Hare became the main focal point to help build the attack. The disconnect is very clear in this picture and goes some way to explain the loss of possession and foul count on O'Hare.
Playing with two strikers proved to be a better system for O'Hare. With two strikers (Godden and Walker here) O'Hare is able to connect with the rest of the team and bring them forward. This proved to be essential in this victory over Stoke. O'Hare's movement attracts the central midfielders, creating central space for Hamer/James and also supporting and combining with the advancing fullbacks. You can also see how much O'Hare gets around the field, providing width, but would also drop deep.
In another huge game for Coventry, you can see the two strikers pinning the Rotherham defensive line back, allowing O'Hare space to play between the lines.