Date: 1st August 2019 at 12:09pm
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The new Premier League season is just a week away meaning fans of every club are wondering who they will see line-up for them on the opening day. Aston Villa are no exception with some supporters debating who could start at defensive midfield against Tottenham Hotspur.

New arrival Douglas Luiz, who joined the club in a £15m deal from Manchester City, is yet to even link up with the squad and it appears he is still in Brazil whilst he waits for a work permit.

The club have also had a bid for Baptiste Santamaria knocked back by Angers SCO whilst Marvelous Nakamba has only just been announced so next week may come too soon for the Zimbabwean midfielder.

A number of fans have been discussing whether Conor Hourihane continues his role as defensive midfielder going into the new Premier League campaign after playing there for most of pre-season.

A couple are against the idea claiming that the 28-year-old wouldn’t cut it against a team like Spurs, insisting that it needs to be Luiz. One fan said he loves Hourihane but not as a defensive midfielder, suggesting that Henri Lansbury or Birkir Bjarnason would do a job there instead.

Others were behind the Republic of Ireland international with one supporter questioning why the midfielder gets any hate at all, brandishing him as class. Another member of the Villa Park fanbase said there is no reason to suggest why he should be dropped so he may as well get the chance to play.

You can read the best of the reaction below:


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