Norwich City fans are probably still celebrating their side’s promotion to the Premier League after securing all three points against Blackburn Rovers. Meanwhile, Aston Villa fans will be hoping that their side can keep their unbeaten streak alive with the play-offs on the horizon.
Interestingly, Aston Villa will welcome Norwich City to Villa Park later on today. Dean Smith’s side don’t really have anything to play for with their play-off place already secured, but Norwich have the chance to secure the Championship title if they secure all three points.
Mario Vrancic and Conor Hourihane have been influential in the middle of midfield for their respective clubs this season, so let’s compare the two players…
Mario Vrancic, who was signed for just £675k (by Transfermarkt), hasn’t always been Daniel Farke’s first choice central midfielder in the current campaign, but he’s been able to influence the game massively whenever he’s been called upon.
The 29-year-old has scored nine goals as well as providing six assists for his teammates. Indeed, Norwich City fans are starting to get used to the midfielder finding the back of the net from long range.
He has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League having established himself as one of the standout performers in the Championship, so fans will already be looking forward to next season.
TT GRADE: A-
Conor Hourihane is enjoying arguably one of the best seasons in his football career having produced an impressive eight goals and 11 assists in the current campaign.
It’s crazy to think that Villa only signed him for £3.15 million (as per Transfermarkt).
He’s been nothing short of sensational for Villa in recent weeks which has helped them cement a place in the play-offs and he’s set to play an even bigger part over the next month.
Indeed, the midfielder looks more than ready for the Premier League, so now it’s up to him to get there.
TT GRADE: A
Mario Vrancic deserves all the credit for helping Norwich secure promotion this season. However, Conor Hourihane has been a better all-round player as he’s always managed to keep things tight in defensive areas, as well as producing valuable contributions in the final third. Indeed, the Norwich man needs to work on the defensive side of his game as he’s been overpowered at times, so Hourihane just edges the battle between the two.
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