Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane is a figure who splits the fanbase at times at the club and whilst he’s incredibly steady on a statistics front, some see a different game to others and question what he offers when you remove his goals and assists from the equation.
On Saturday, the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international made his Premier League debut as we took to the pitch against Tottenham Hotspur, and he was very impressive for large parts of the game until he was replaced inside of the final ten minutes by summer arrival Douglas Luiz.
Many have already argued that his substitution was an error in the game, but it seems Hourihane has a bit of a devilish streak and as he celebrated his top flight bow, he clearly has a long memory and made a reference to his time at Plymouth Argyle back in 2014, where rather ironically, a Villa fan made a comment about his ambitions.
Hi Craig, remember this tweet back in 2014… I always remember it to this day. Ironically your a Villa fan who I made my debut with! Never tell anyone they can’t achieve something ???????? @CraigTa90961607 pic.twitter.com/smCgi0VSlO
— Conor Hourihane (@ConorHourihane) August 11, 2019
What’s that about those who laugh last?
Absolutely love this. A message for all. Hard work and determination can get you where you want to be ????
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) August 11, 2019
You were class in the first half mate but shame about the result in the end. I've always been a believer, keep it up Conor
— Ryan¹⁰ (@Ryxn_AVFC) August 11, 2019
I couldn't have said it better myself Declan!!!! Apart from the Rebels part bit we won't fall out over that ????
— Barry Fitzachary (@fitzach) August 11, 2019
Quick , Some one tell him he’ll never win the champions league ????
— Andrew Horton (@villandrew) August 11, 2019
My thoughts are summed up with this one though.
Oh Craig ????????????♂️ pic.twitter.com/2fl0gBtEWa
— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) August 11, 2019