Now regular Aston Villa commentator Noel Whelan has claimed that we will be getting a ‘different class’ defender if we secure the capture of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ youngster Kortney Hause.
This isn’t an earth shattering interview or even a nugget of punditry excellence that will ‘wow’ fans and I’m only covering it because it made me laugh. I half wondered if Whelan realises we’ve actually had him on loan since January and the deal was always with a view to a permanent move as I read his offering.
Speaking to Football Insider the BBC pundit was certainly talking the 23-year-old up as he described him as potentially being a great asset for us in future years.
“Villa certainly need more and better defenders in the Premier League and they have to spend their money wisely this summer. Kortney Hause certainly seems a confident young man and has something about him. Can he adapt to Aston Villa? Yes. I know Villa fans will be questioning why Nuno would be letting him go from Wolves but they have some top centre-backs blocking his path. I think he’s different class to the defenders Villa had at the start of last season.”
Given his slow start to life at B6, I’d say the way he ended the season performing extremely well at left back/centre-half shows he has already ‘adapted’ to the club, and no, Villa fans won’t be questioning why Wolves let him go – we already know about his lack of game time since they went Portuguese, and again, it’s kind of why the deal was done last January anyway.
As for the final comment, the only other competition at left back is Neil Taylor, and in terms of the central spots, it’s a cheap shot at Mile Jedinak and James Chester who played on through injury, for me.
He’s quite right to praise Hause and no one will deny that, but sometimes pundits should stick to what they know.