When Kortney Hause left Wolves for Midlands rivals Aston Villa on loan in January not too many eyebrows will have been raised.
Understandably they aren’t happy. Hause showed in his minimal time at Villa that he does have what it takes, meaning that a measly option to buy in the terms of his loan agreement is now arguably a mistake.
Had the fee been larger Wolves would be doing good business, but there are plenty of reasons to suggest that this is one of their worst deals since being promoted.
Next season Wolves will need all the depth they can get ahead of what could potentially be an arduous season on the domestic front and in Europe.
As a result, Hause could still have been of use to Nuno Santo. At 23 years of age, he still has a huge amount of potential and could have been the ideal defender to help them through the 2019/20 campaign.
The versatile player isn’t blessed with the greatest technical abilities but his physical attributes stand chief among those already in the Wolves squad.
To Villa he’ll be a fabulous addition and he showed as much in the back end of the previous campaign.
Boasting the ability to play at left back and in the middle, the fact he can play in more than one role makes him a valuable asset.
Hause would never be one of the first names on the teamsheet but Wolves should arguably have done more to keep him. His stats from last term shows exactly what they’ll be missing.
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The numbers he clocked up may have come at a level below but he was key in solving his loan club’s defensive problems.
If he does depart Molineux this summer he could end up going down as one that got away.
Only time will tell whether they got their stance right or wrong. However, should he go onto star for Villa in the Premier League, Wolves may well end up cursing their decision making.