Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane will see his game time limited between now and the end of the season and should seriously consider the prospect of a loan move away.
That is the view of former England international Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after it was revealed the Midlands giants are weighing up letting him leave temporarily in January.
This site revealed Championship promotion hopefuls Swansea City are lining up a move for the 29-year-old who played a key role in Villa’s promotion from the second tier just two seasons ago.
Hourihane played 27 times in the Premier League last season but after starting their first two games this term, he has had his game time limited by the arrival of Ross Barkley.
Since the England international moved to Villa Park, Hourihane has started just one game and youngster Jacob Ramsey has also overtaken him in the pecking order.
Asked by Football Insider whether the Republic of Ireland international needs to leave on loan this month, Mills said: “It’s going to be down to him and how much he wants to play football right now.
“A January move is never easy, especially with everything that’s going on.
“He’s got some very, very good players ahead of him. I’m sure his football is going to be limited between now and the end of the season.
“This is where the loan market can be exceptional. A Championship club can get a very good player on reasonable wages, because I’m sure Villa will help out and compensate whoever that is.
“A lot of the time it just depends on the player. Some players are happy with their lifestyle and are happy to sit there and wait.
“Other players want to get out and play and are happy to make that move.”