CONOR Hourihane has been hailed as ‘fantastic value’ by Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.
The Bandon man (27) has scored nine league goals in the Championship this season and is closing in on becoming the first Villa midfielder to score ten league goals in a season for the first time since David Platt netted 19 league goals in the 1990-91 campaign.
Hourihane signed for Villa in January 2017 from Barnsley, and he has proved his worth this season, with manager Bruce impressed.
‘For £1 million or whatever we paid for him, he’s been fantastic value,’ Bruce said.
‘He enjoys playing football, training and all aspects of it.
‘When he gets in and around the 18-yard box, he’s a wonderful finisher.
‘He practices every day and is usually the last person out on the training ground doing extras.
‘To get the amount of goals and assists he has, he can be very pleased. Let’s hope he continues.’