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Hourihane is the playmaker flying under the radar at Aston Villa

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Hourihane is the playmaker flying under the radar at Aston Villa

Conor Hourihane has three goals and six assists this season. This is an impressive tally for someone who gets little credit for his efforts.

Aston Villa are starting to click under new manager Dean Smith as they climb up the league table towards the play-offs.

The Villans are now just three points off the play-off zone after picking up four wins and a draw in their last five matches.

Many Aston Villa players are receiving plaudits for their recent displays under Smith, such as goal machine Tammy Abraham and attacking midfielder Jack Grealish.

But there is one player who has flown under the radar at Aston Villa.

Conor Hourihane – who is not even a regular starter – has an impressive haul of goals and assists for a central midfielder.

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The Republic of Ireland international has scored three goals and picked up six assists for Aston Villa this season.

 

In 14 starts and seven substitute appearances, these are impressive numbers.

The 27-year-old has had to make do with a rotational role in central midfield, with Glenn Whelan, Mile Jedinak, John McGinn, Birkir Bjarnason and Henri Lansbury also pushing for game time.

But he is consistent when he does play, keeping things ticking over in midfield and asking questions of the opposition defence when he comes forward.

While other Aston Villa fans take much of the credit, Hourihane continues to go about his simple but extremely effective role in the promotion push.

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