About a week or so after exercising their £3 million option with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa announced the permanent transfer for defender Kortney Hause.
Alas, Aston Villa can finally field a backline!
Left-footed defender Kortney Hause is back after a quietly-impressive January loan spell in the claret and blue colors. Part of the loan agreement came with a £3 million option-to-buy in the summer. Villa made the wise decision to bring Hause in on a permanent deal, with the 23-year-old penning a three-year contract.
Hause stepped up big time for Aston Villa when the club needed it most. He became a crucial cog in a reinvigorated defense that paved the way for ten consecutive league wins on the bounce. Covering left-back, left centre-back and right centre-back, Hause displayed the versatility that clubs crave out of players.
This pre-season under manager Dean Smith could be a big one for Hause. With every position along the backline up for grabs, save right-back (Guilbert), Hause has the opportunity to stake a claim as a starter. As Villa and Bournemouth continue to haggle over a fee for Tyrone Mings’ services, the impetus was on Villa to move quickly for Hause. More defenders are needed, possibly two, but most likely three, as this deal became official.
Currently, Hause joins James Chester in central defense, but his season was shut down early due irreversible knee damage suffered playing for Wales and Villa post-injury. Suffice it to say, his upcoming season is a bit of a question mark at the moment.
In the meantime, Villa keep chugging along the transfer mill. Recent links to Kalvin Phillips, Ethan Ampadu and Adam Webster fit the bill for what Dean Smith and senior staff are trying to accomplish at the club.
Welcome (officially), Kortney!