Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has admitted that his club’s new on-loan signing Kortney Hause was rusty on debut against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
The Villans were comprehensively outplayed against the struggling Championship side and lost 3-0.
The loss was Villa’s second consecutive 3-0 defeat in all competitions and is a huge dent to their chances of securing a place in the promotion playoffs.
Prior to the game against Wigan, they experienced a 3-0 FA Cup elimination at the hands of Swansea City.
Villa now slip down into 12th position on the second-tier standings and are five points adrift of sixth-placed Derby County.
Villa will now be aiming to bounce back against a resurgent Hull City on Saturday.
Hause, who recently joined the Midlands club on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season, made his debut during the game and was less than impressive.
“I thought it would balance the team up a bit,” Smith told the Villa’s official website.
“They let James Chester come out with the ball and he was always on his wrong foot.
“I felt it would be right to get Kortney on with his left foot. He’s a bit rusty but the work we’ll do in training will push him on.”
The 23-year-old joined Villa after having only made one appearance in all competitions this season for Nuno Espirto Santo’s high-flying Premier League side.
It is understandable that he may take time to re-adapt to Championship football and to his new surroundings.
Hause will be expected to add plenty of value to the Villa first-team between now and the end of the season.
The Englishman boasts plenty of experience in the second-tier from his time with Wolves.
He also has plenty of potential and part of Gareth Southgate’s England U-20 side which won the 2016 Toulon tournament.