Aston Villa have signed centre back Kortney Hause from Wolves for a fee believed to be around £3 million. Hause spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, making a total of 12 appearances in the Championship, helping them to promotion through the play-offs.
The 23 year old is Villa’s fourth signing of the transfer window after Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley Moraes, showing that Dean Smith is looking to increase the squad depth in preparation for the upcoming Premier League season.
Here’s what Hause has had to say about his move:
“Delighted to be joining the club on a permanent. What we achieved last season was good but we need to push on again. Focused and ready. Let’s go.”
Hause started his career at West Ham, although he was released at the age of 16 after playing a number of games for them at various youth levels. He then went on to have a short spell with Birmingham City subsequent to his release from the Hammers.
At the age of 16, Hause joined Wycombe Wanderers youth team after spending just two months with Birmingham and he went on to make his professional debut for the club in November 2012 in an FA Cup defeat to Crewe Alexandra. Subsequent to this fixture, Hause became more of a regular player for Wycombe, featuring on 31 occasions across 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, helping keep 6 clean sheets.
In January 2014, Wolves signed Hause from Wycombe for an undisclosed fee as he signed a 2 1/2 year deal. After not featuring in the 2013/14 season for Wolves, he was sent out on loan to Gillingham and played 17 games for the club, scoring a single goal and keeping 4 clean sheets. Wolves recalled the youngster in November 2014 and he slowly cemented his spot in the Wolves defence, ultimately making 67 appearances for the club, scoring 2 goals.
Aston Villa signed Hause in January 2019 on loan until the end of the season with the option of making the transfer permanent. Hause made 12 appearances (1 from the bench) during the second half of last season, scoring a single goal against Nottingham Forest and helping keep 2 clean sheets.
Internationally, Hause has played for England U-20’s and U-21’s, making a total of 19 appearances, scoring 2 goals.
Fantasy Football Potential
Hause helped Aston Villa to promotion and played left-back and centre-back when required. With Tyrone Mings heading back to Bournemouth, Axel Tuanzebe heading back to Manchester United and James Chester potentially not fit for the start of the season, Hause has the chance to make a claim as a starter.
Hause is likely to have a FPL price of around £4.5m and if he becomes a regular starter then he could be an option as a rotation player, although it may be worth selecting a player from Villa’s defence who may be a more assured starter. That said, by the time the start of the season comes around, Hause may have cemented his spot through a strong pre-season performance.
Aston Villa have a first five of; Tottenham (A), Bournemouth (H), Everton (H), Crystal Palace (A) and West Ham (H). A tough opener, but subsequent to this fixture they do get easier and its also worth noting that Villa do rotate well with Burnley, meaning that there could be a good cheap defensive pairing if Hause comes in at £4.5m and is a regular starter.