Hutton: Hourihane may have played last game for Villa as new signing touted
Conor Hourihane may have played his last game at Aston Villa despite impressing at Swansea City, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Dean Smith would still be in the market for another midfielder this summer.
Hourihane joined Swansea in January, as revealed by Football Insider, and has gone on to make 11 starts in 12 Championship appearances.
In stark contrast, the Republic of Ireland international made just three league starts in four appearances during the first half of the season.
Speaking before the 30-year-old’s temporary switch, manager Smith admitted he was reluctant to green light the move and insisted Hourihane would be back at Villa.
Villa signed Morgan Sanson from Lyon during January, although the Frenchman is yet to nail down a starting spot.
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Hutton, who remains close to the Villa squad and is well connected at the club, suggested the end may be nigh for Hourihane.
“This is a difficult one for me,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He’s a fantastic player, I always knew how good he is or can be. He’s gone out and he’s shown that again.
“We know he got tired and frustrated with his lack of game time and he chose the right option.
“You just wonder. Obviously (Morgan) Sanson coming in, and they’ve probably still got an eye on maybe another one coming in during the summer. Would his time be up at Villa?
“I hate to say it because he’s been there such a long time and a good servant to the club.
“If you’re not getting that game time you want and you’re happy elsewhere, you have to stay where you are.”