Aston Villa fans are divided over Conor Hourihane heading into the new season

The new Premier League season is just a week away, which has seen fans of Aston Villa wondering who they will see line up for them on the opening day. Their supporters, in particular, have been discussing the midfield.

New arrival Douglas Luiz, who joined the club in a £15m deal from Manchester City, is yet to even link up with the squad and it appears he is still in Brazil, something one fan spotted on Instagram, whilst he waits for a work permit.

The club have also had a bid for Baptiste Santamaria knocked back by Angers whilst Marvelous Nakamba has only just been announced so next week may come too soon for the Zimbabwean midfielder.

A number of fans have been discussing whether Conor Hourihane continues his role as a defensive midfielder going into the new Premier League campaign after featuring there last season.

A couple are against the idea claiming that the 28-year-old wouldn’t cut it against a team like Spurs, insisting that it needs to be Luiz.

One fan said he loves Hourihane but not as a holding player, suggesting that Henri Lansbury or Birkir Bjarnason would do a job there instead.

Others were behind the Republic of Ireland international with one supporter questioning why the midfielder gets any hate at all. Another member of the Villa Park fanbase said there is no reason to suggest why he should be dropped.

You can read the best of the reaction below:

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