The factor in the Kortney Hause deal that Aston Villa boss Dean Smith insisted on
Dean Smith has reiterated the importance of having Aston Villa having the option of making loan deals permanent, following the capture of Kortney Hause.
The defender arrived on loan this week from nearby Wolverhampton Wanderers and will remain at Villa Park for the remainder of the season.
Should all things run smoothly, and all parties be in agreement, then the claret and blues will have first refusal on the signature of Hause in the summer.
It was a clause Smith insisted on, having arrived at the club in October and key squad members Axel Tuanzebe, Yannick Bolasie, Tammy Abraham and Anwar El Ghazi all on loan deals.
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The recent events involving Abraham, Wolves and his parent club Chelsea have highlighted the need for Villa to have a say in the futures of the players they’re effectively developing for top flight or foreign clubs.
Though Villa, it seems, will escape the window with top scorer Abraham still in their squad, they weren’t about to make the same mistake again.
“We have an option to buy. That is something I have spoken about before. We have a few loans in the building already,” Smith said.
“I am not a massive fan of loaning players where we are developing them for other clubs. If we feel it is going right with Kortney we have the option to buy him at the end of the season.
“They have some good defenders there. He just never got the opportunity. He played a lot of games in the Championship the season before Nuno came and I know he is more than capable of playing in the Championship, if not higher.”
The arrival of Hause, a player Smith knows plenty of, has pleased Smith.
The left-sided centre-back, who can also play at left-back, is Smith’s second recruit after the arrival of Lovre Kalinic.
He spoke effusively of what the former England U21 international will be able to offer the claret and blues.
“I remember him at West Ham. I saw a bit of him there when he came through, then at Wycombe and at Wolves as well,” Smith added.
“I have always been aware of him. You are looking at players who probably haven’t been playing as much, who you can get. The chances of getting players from the Premier League who are playing is minimal in the Championship.
“He was one we flagged straight away and I am really pleased to have got him. He is a talent. He is a physical specimen as well. He can dominate in both boxes.
“He also brings us balance, being left-footed. On top of that he is a really good athlete. I am looking forward to working with him.
“He is a project for us because he can get better. We want to help him improve and get to the levels we believe he can do.”