When Aston Villa signed Kortney Hause on loan with a view to a permanent deal last month, it seemed like the perfect move for all parties.
The centre-back had barely kicked a ball for Wanderers in the previous 18 months, with the superb Willy Boly understandably preferred by Nuno Espirito Santo on the left side of his back three.
Therefore, Hause, who had impressed for Wolves when given a chance over the years and also played for England U21s, simply had to move to help his career at 23.
And, he was joining a side that needed fresh faces to help a struggling defence. But, he seems to be encountering the same problem at Villa.
So far, he has managed just 28 minutes of action for Dean Smith’s side, in a 3-0 defeat to Wigan.
Now, it has to be said that Hause was extremely poor that day but it would still be very harsh to judge a player on less than half an hour in proper action.
Whether it was down to that game or not, Villa then went on to sign Tyrone Mings on loan from Bournemouth before the deadline and that seems like a significant blow for Hause moving forward.
That’s because they are very similar players. Both are left-footed, both can play left-back if needed but both would have their eyes on the left-sided centre-back position.
Clearly, Mings wasn’t signed to stay on the bench, with Villa paying a fairly substantial loan fee to the Premier League side.
Whilst they could play together the reality is the balance of the side will be better with either James Chester or Tommy Elphick alongside Mings.
So, where does that leave Hause?
Unfortunately for the ex-Gillingham man, it leaves him in a position he knows very well – watching on from the bench.