When Dean Smith brought in Kortney Hause in January on a loan deal, a lot of the Villains weren’t too pleased. The Wolves man wasn’t viewed as worth the wages, and after a horror show of a debut off the bench in a 3-0 defeat to Wigan they looked to have been proved right, however, he’s upped his game since then and at Stoke, he proved his worth.
.@Kortney_30 won more duels (13) than any other player on the pitch on Saturday.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) 25 February 2019
After failing to make a single Premier League appearance for Wolves in the first half of the season despite making the bench 11 times, the 23-year-old was tempted by Dean Smith’s lure of first-team football, and whilst his start was unconvincing he’s had the Villa fans eating humble pie after his impressive display at the Bet 365 Stadium helped to earn the Villains a valuable point.
Not only did the defender’s display help to show what he’s capable of, but it also hit home how good of a job Dean Smith can do when it comes to helping players improve. If the ex-Brentford man can have the same impact on others that he’s having on Hause then promotion next season isn’t off the table, and if Hause can continue in his current vein of form then the fans will be calling for him to be a permanent signing over the summer.
You can read the Villa fans’ verdict on Hause here:
Tbh I doubted him at first, glad he’s showing a lot of passion and effort and proving me wrong, UTV
— LC (@LGC_AV) February 25, 2019
This is what I love about the influence of Dean Smith. He will bring players in who will have that hunger and desire to do well and build a formidable force. Well done Kortney
— Gary Poole (@gary_poole80) 26 February 2019
About time he stood up and be counted . Now the rest of our team need to do the same and get us out if this embarrassing situation. We deserve better.
— Barry Marcus (@bazzam1957) 25 February 2019
Could be amazing player definitely worth the purchase is he stays at the level he’s playing currently
— reece taylor (@reeceta07663415) February 25, 2019
Credit to him. Needs to continue the good work and carry on improving.
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) February 25, 2019
Yeah and some impatient so called fans wanted to right him off Probably the idiots who want smith out VTID
— Learn The Wright Way (@jamieinstructor) February 25, 2019
The Villains loved Hause’s dominant display on Saturday and will be keen to see the same from the defender on Saturday when they face an out-of-sorts Derby County.