Even with the arrival of Dean Smith at Aston Villa, there has not been an upturn in the Villans’ fortunes, with them currently sitting in 13th place in the Championship, eight points off the play-off spots as we enter the business end of the season.
Villa’s form can be mirrored by the form of some of its players with midfielder Conor Hourihane a player who has struggled to make a real impact this campaign, despite four goals and nine assists in 33 appearances so far this season.
So how can Hourihane’s season at Aston Villa be best summed up so far?
“By his standards, he’s been very poor.
“In Jack Grealish’s absence, Villa need creativity in the midfield, and Hourihane would have been the man to provide that.
“But he hasn’t lived up to that expectation and has struggled for large parts of this season.
“He needs to improve.”
“Inconsistent is the best word for the Irishman.
“He does a lot of good work and scores some important goals for Villa, but I feel he goes missing when the side really needs him.
“He’s a player that’s hard to leave out, but sometimes you’re carrying him.”
“He’s been in and out of the side and when he’s in, he’s been average.
“His days are surely numbered.
“He’ll be better in the lower half of the table, somewhere like Millwall.”
“I would sum it up as underwhelming.
“He typifies how Villa have been this season and has by and large been disappointing.
“Hourihane has been bang average this season and has not done anything near enough to get the team where they think they should be.”