Hause: Villa have a solid bond

By Graham Hill

KORTNEY Hause believes that Villa have signed ‘good people’ in the transfer window.

With boss Dean Smith set to take his summer tally to 10 players this week, defender Hause admits there will be plenty of competition for places this season at Villa Park.

Smith has already signed four centre halves in Hause, Tyrone Mings, Bjorn Engels and Ezri Konsa.

But Hause believes Villa will have a solid dressing room when they make their Premier League return next month.

Hause, 24, told Villa’s official website: “We all talked and got to know each other. It was a good chance to bond as a team, especially for the new players.

“You can tell they’re all good people – it’s always important to work with good people.

“They’re all good footballers as well. It’s been a success so far. Now, we just need to keep working hard.”

Ex-Wolves defender Hause told reporters: “We’ve got five centre-backs and we only play with two, so it’s going to be tough.

“But it’s just a case of having tunnel vision. You’ve got to do your own thing and hopefully that’s enough to get picked by the manager.

“It’s good competition, it keeps everyone on their toes. There’s competition everywhere in life if you want to be at the top. It’s to be expected.

“Of course you’ve got to back yourself. I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t believe in myself or didn’t back myself.

“I know things don’t get given to you, you have to work hard. It’s basic really: you have to work hard and keep your head down and, as training and games go by, just keep improving and keep getting better every single day.”

But Hause joined the chorus of praise for Brazil striker Wesley who signed from Bruges for £22million and has impressed in Villa’s pre-season games

Hause added: “He’s a good addition from what we’ve all seen so far.

“He brings people into the game and is a good hold-up player. But he’s also quite mobile. He’s a good addition – let’s hope he can do what he’s doing in the Premier League.”

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