Aston Villa fans had high hopes for Conor Hourihane prior to his move to Villa Park but not many people would have thought he’d have as big an impact as he has since making the move.
The Republic of Ireland international has come on leaps and bounds this season and will continue to play a big part in their play-off push from here on in until the end of the season.
Loads of supporters lost their minds over the club’s announcement as they took to Twitter to express their delight over the midfielder’s move to Villa Park.
brilliant news, welcome Conor, nice to have an Irishman at VP again! #avfc
— Noel (@NoelM1986) January 26, 2017
— Danny Lynd (@Danlynd07) January 26, 2017
— Trevor Newman (@NewmanTrnewman) January 26, 2017
Another great signing!!!! Hourihane, Bjarnason… What a winter mercato!!!!! Great Aston Villa. GREAT!!!!
— Dani Lanso (@DaniLanso97) January 26, 2017
— Andy Smith (@drew8figo) January 26, 2017
Conor Hourihane made a name for himself during his time at Barnsley as he produced six goals and 13 assists during his last season at Oakwell, so Aston Villa fans had high expectations.
The midfielder got off to a bright start at Villa Park after joining in January of 2017.
His first full season in the Midlands was a huge success as he managed to find the back of the net 11 times and produced two assists in all competitions. Aston Villa fans finally got to witness his goalscoring ability as he constantly created excitement at Villa Park with his attacking forward runs. He played a huge part in Villa’s play-off push but he just couldn’t help his side secure the correct result in the final against Fulham.
Hourihane has maintained his high standards in terms of performances this season having played a big part in Villa’s rise under Dean Smith. He stepped into the void left by Jack Grealish when he suffered his injury and he’s still impressing with him in the side now, taking his tally to seven goals and 10 assists.
It comes as no surprise that fans lost their minds over the club’s announcement as he’s been simply sensational since moving to the Midlands and his contributions in the final third have been priceless.
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