Kortney Hause is set to join Aston Villa permanently for a fee of around £3,000,000.
Words by Mark Jirobe | @VillaMarkPGH
John Percy of the Telegraph is reporting that Kortney Hause has signed with Aston Villa for a fee in the region of three million pounds from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Hause was on loan at Villa for the second half of the season, and seemed to gel really well with teammates and Aston Villa supporters alike. While only making 12 appearances for Villa, this signing could signal a new dawn for the defensive core under Dean Smith.
Dean Smith has said on a multitude of occasions that he fancies young, energetic and tactically sound footballers. Hause fits the mold in all three cases. While Hause has had some injury woes in the past, his adept defensive capabilities cannot be ignored.
He looked right at home standing next to Tyrone Mings in the absence of Axel Tuanzebe through injury for Aston Villa. The verdict is still out on Mings returning to Villa Park, but even if Hause is used as a squad player, this is a smart and tidy bit of business. Hause can also play left-back and that kind of versatility will help the coaching staff through selection decisions.
Make no mistake, Hause was most likely never going to see any significant playing time at Wolverhampton. This doesn’t look like the case at Aston Villa, with the defence having to go through a mini-rebuild as the team prepares for life in the Premier League.
The way forward for Villa are smart business decisions based on the Dean Smith model and that’s exactly what this capture signifies in droves.