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Aston Villa fans laud Kortney Hause after immense defensive display against Norwich

With Tyrone Mings ruled out of action, Kortney Hause would no doubt have been hoping to make his mark in the Aston Villa first-team. The 24-year-old has been on the periphery of his side’s return to the Premier League, featuring predominantly in the Carabao Cup, making four appearances.

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But with Dean Smith’s side’s £20m summer signing injured, the centre-back has seen his game-time increase dramatically, playing every single minute of the last three games in the top-flight. And against Norwich on Boxing Day, Hause delivered an immense display to help his side keep a clean sheet and ensure a massive victory over their relegation rivals.

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As per Sofascore, the 24-year-old’s 8.0 match rating was the joint-highest of any player on the pitch, and when looking at his underlying numbers, it is easy to see why. The 6 foot 3 man won an incredible 13 of his 14 total duels, made nine clearances and also made five tackles. After seeing his display, Villa fans flooded to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the defender’s performance.

A few fans insisted Hause was their man of the match after his commanding performance, despite Conor Hourihane being the man to net the winner for Villa.

A couple of Villa supporters also raised the intriguing question of what Smith’s side will look like once Mings returns, with one fan in particular claiming that it would be incredibly difficult to drop him even once the latter is fit.

The nature of the Premier League is that it takes an entire squad to be on their toes and ready to come in whenever needed. And in Hause’s case, that came about thanks to Mings’ absence. The 24-year-old can take a lot of credit for filling in the defender’s shoes, helping Villa to a much-needed victory against the Canaries on Boxing Day and giving Smith a real headache about whether he stays in the team for the long-term.

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