Following the signing of Nottingham Forest’s Henri Lansbury and FC Basel’s Birkir Bjarnason - Aston Villa have completed the transfer of Conor Hourihane from Barnsley, who will join the Villans alongside fellow Tyke, James Bree.
Hourihane is a gifted player who has done extremely well for Barnsley thus far in the Championship. Conor has scored five goals and made twelve assists in his twenty four appearances for ‘The Tykes’ this season. It’s almost like he’s playing this game on easy mode!
It’s also worth noting that Conor has picked up six yellow cards, meaning he isn’t afraid to stick his foot in. Something very similar to Henri Lansbury and Mile Jedinak.
If you want some more information on Hourihane, Dan and Matt had a discussion about him on The Villa View:
Hourihane arrives at Villa for a fairly modest fee which is likely due to the fact that Villa could have signed Hourihane for nothing on a pre-contract arrangement with the Irishman’s contract with Barnsley set to expire at the end of this season.
The signings of Lansbury and Hourihane don’t just mean Villa have two solid players - it should make Villa’s midfield strugglers better at their game. Ashley Westwood and Gary Gardner might see some heavy benefits to playing alongside Hourihane and Lansbury. Bjarnason is also a wild card here. Who knows how this Villa might line up?