KORTNEY SO KEEN TO MAKE HIS MARK AT VILLA
HE MAY have been something of a spectator as Wolves won the Championship last term but Kortney Hause is hoping to bring proven promotion pedigree to Aston Villa.
The 23-year-old defender became Villa’s second signing of the January window in midweek, Hause joining on loan until the end of the season.
As Wolves sauntered to the title last season, the former Wycombe man was one of a number of players that found themselves out in the cold as Nuno Espirito Santo stuck with a winning formula but Hause is hoping to play more of a handson role as Villa Park chase a return to the big time.
“I didn’t play much but I was in and around it, and I’m sure I can pass on a few things to the boys,” said Hause, who made just one Championship appearance for Wolves in 2017-18.
“But to be fair, there’s a lot of experience as well but if I can add to that, great. That’s what I’ll be looking to do.
“It’s a very competitive league. It’s pretty much two games every single week. I believe there’s no easy game in the Championship.
“I just want to play and play to the best of my ability. I believe I will do that and I’ll help the team for sure.”
England Under-21 defender Hause was part of Gareth Southgate’s Toulon tournament-winning side in 2016 alongside new teammate Jack Grealish.
And Villa head coach Dean Smith reckons that his new recruit is made of the right stuff.
He said: “You do a background check on all players you want to bring in – the recruitment side is a big part of it.
“We have spoken to a lot of people who have worked with him and he has a great aptitude for learning, and that tells me he can fulfil his potential.”
EAGER: Kortney Hause