By Graham Hill
FORMER Villa striker Darren Bent has launched an attack on defender Kortney Hause.
Boss Dean Smith snapped up Hause, 23, from Wolves in a £3million after he spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa Park.
But now Bent has told the Football Insider site that the player ‘flatters to deceive’.
Hause was allowed to leave Wolves by Molineux boss Nuno Espirito Santo and did not play in the top flight under the Portuguese manager last season.
Bent played against England Under-21 international Hause in the Championship and was not impressed.
But the former England, Spurs and Sunderland forward says Hause has a point to prove now.
Bent said: “To be fair, I played against him a couple of times of Wolves and he’s got the big physical presence but he always flatters to deceive, for me.
“When I watched him for Wolves he’s got all the physical attributes, is good on the ball but sometimes he’d always make a mistake, a lapse in concentration.
“You think he’s brilliant for 70 minutes and he’s gone and done this. He’s got a point to prove and maybe again the Premier League with Aston Villa might suit him.
“Maybe now this is his opportunity. There’s a big difference between the Championship and the Premier League and I’ve seen guys have the most spectacular seasons in the Championship and you go, ‘wow they can do in the Premier League’.
“They come in and six months later they’re on the bench because they can’t sustain it and they can’t play in the Premier League.”
Hause can play in central defence or at left-back and is one of a string of defenders signed by Smith this summer.
Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa have already joined and Reims centre half Bjorn Engels is close to agreeing a deal to move to Villa Park.