Aston Villa fans have been left shocked by Mick McCarthy’s suggestion that Conor Hourihane will start at left-back this evening for the Republic of Ireland.
Villa midfielder Hourihane is set to start for his country against Bulgaria this evening, but not in his usual position.
“It would be amazing if he played really well tomorrow. If he doesn’t, nothing ventured, nothing gained,” McCarthy said.
The idea has received mixed reviews by Villa fans, who have differing opinions on whether it could work.
Some claret and blues supporters fear that Hourihane could badly struggle out of position, but others feel that it could be a stroke of genius.
I feel deano wants this to work— Glavo (@glavo99999) September 10, 2019
Didn’t know Bruce managed Ireland— (@bennnnAV) September 9, 2019
That’s just stupid— Noel (@Noelmurray19) September 9, 2019
Can you imagine our defence against West ham if this works— Matt Gilks (@mattygilks1) September 10, 2019
Guilbert Engels Mings Hourihane
Wtf— ᴸᵉᵉ (@LeeAvfc_) September 9, 2019
Steve... Steve are you there mate. Take the mick McCarthy mask off and come take your medication. Your getting delusional again.— David Alford (@davilla82) September 10, 2019
I feel like this could work tbf— Darragh_r (@Darraghr1) September 10, 2019
If Hourihane does prove he can play at left-back it would be a boost for Villa, as it would offer them more cover at left-back.
Hourihane has struggled for game time at Villa Park this term, with Douglas Luiz taking his spot in midfield.
Villa are next in action at the weekend when they take on West Ham United.
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