Midweek, in his first 90 minutes against Brentford, Kortney Hause already had fans making decisions on him as a player. Against West Bromwich Albion, he was the best Villa player on the pitch.
Words by Regan Foy (@FindFoy)
Sit down. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, whichever you prefer, and reflect.
Let’s rewind a couple of days to Aston Villa’s 1-0 loss against Brentford, thanks to a late Neil Maupay goal. That game was the first ninety minutes that Kortney Hause had played for around 18-months, and in a position that he’s not natural in – even though he had played there before for his parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Now, let’s fast forward back to today. Just a few hours ago, Aston Villa lost at home, 2-0, to West Bromwich Albion – but Hause was the best Aston Villa player on the pitch (which is confirmed by WhoScored.com) by a country mile, and fans had gone from calling for him to never appearing in a Villa shirt again to singing his praises.
From left-back, Kortney Hause had more shots than Tammy Abraham. He won the most aerial battles across both teams on the pitch. He boasted a 75% tackle success rate, the fourth best on the pitch and the third best in the Aston Villa team.
Hause realistically had a better game than West Bromwich Albion’s left-back, Kieran Gibbs, who is six years his senior, only rating worse due to the scoreline.
Not only was Kortney Hause pretty sound defensively, he was strong going forward too – with a highlight of his game being a perfectly whipped-in cross which Tammy Abraham latched onto but unfortunately headed wide.
It’s quite easy to get on a players back for a bad game, but for fans to be on a players back in their first 90 minutes really isn’t understandable. It’s the same for players like Conor Hourihane. If he has a bad game, he’s worse than Eric Djemba-Djemba, if he scores a worldie of a free-kick or changes a game for us, he’s the best thing since sliced bread.
Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but sometimes it’s better to take the time to truly form one rather than just throwing a hot-take out into the public domain. Don’t judge a player from one game, or five, judge them from their contribution for the season.