Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane has revealed the latest on his career plans after leaving Villa Park for Sheffield United on loan ahead of becoming a free agent next summer.
When opting to leave Villa on loan earlier this year, the midfielder was departing for good ahead of the expiration of his contract next summer.
However, the move to Bramall Lane hasn’t gone exactly to plan, with the 30-year-old yet to score for the Blades and registering just two assists in 11 Championship appearances. However, Sheffield United’s decision to swap manager Slavisa Jokanovic for Paul Heckingbottom could prove vital, with the midfielder having played under the new boss at Barnsley.
When asked about his future, the Irishman said: “I’m going to be a free agent, we’ll see how it pans out over the next few months and then go from there. I’m old enough and wise enough to know what direction it’s going in, I know that the people there (at Villa) plan to invest heavily.”
Hourihane also added that “there has been no contact” from Gerrard, further emphasising that his Villa career has effectively concluded.
During Aston Villa’s promotion push in the 2018/19 season, Hourihane was excellent and played a massive part in getting Villa back into the Premier League, with eight goals and 12 assists in that Championship campaign. However, there have been utterances from some fans that “he isn’t good enough” for where Gerrard’s side are now.
The step-up to the Premier League has proven too tall a task for the 30-year-old, making just 31 appearances in the top flight since the club’s promotion, scoring four goals and setting up another six.
A loan move to Championship outfit Swansea City midway through last season was also uninspiring, with five goals scored in 19 league appearances as the Swans made it to the Championship play-off final.
Many Villa fans may also be delighted to hear firsthand from a current player that the club “plan to invest heavily”, suggesting that the upcoming transfer window could be an exciting month for the Villans.