We’re moving full steam ahead into October now, so we better get our site into order, take a look back over the performances of the last month and declare a player of the month for September!
This time last month, Aston Villa were sinking in the league - sitting at 18th in the Championship table with just five points. Thankfully, it got a bit more positive in September. Well, a lot more positive. To the tune of 2 draws and 4 wins on the bounce, Villa scored 10 goals, conceded one and kept five clean sheets through six games in September and now find themselves lurking outside the playoff places with 19 points.
We have someone special to thank for that.
September Star of the Month: Albert Adomah
Albert Adomah took teams to the cleaners in September. Despite being on the fringes, and even perhaps on the transfer list, at Villa Park - a cruel injury to Andre Green brought Albert Adomah into view on Villa’s left flank.
The Ghanian winger has found a home on the left wing and managed to score four goals in Villa’s six September games. He would have had even more if Jonathan Kodjia could turn his head away from goal!
Much like Conor Hourihane, Adomah brings a great attitude to the Villa team - but where the Irishman is a resolute professional, Adomah is a laidback character that feels no pressure. He’ll provide the magic needed to unlock a team - and his chemistry with other players, namely Jonathan Kodjia and Neil Taylor - is something that is making this team tick.
Keep it going Albert
Honorable Mention: Sam Johnstone
Keinan Davis, James Chester, Neil Taylor, Jonathan Kodjia and Conor Hourihane could have found themselves with the honorable mention here, and they would deserve it! Sam Johnstone has kept Villa ticking over at the back, and is a big part in their new-look defense. He’s not afraid to boss John Terry or James Chester around and comes up with some big time saves to ensure Villa are able to stay in games. His performances have been fairly remarkable and this young man has improved so, so much in the last month that he deserves a shout out. Well done Sam, keep it up, and you’ll double those five clean sheets
August Worst of the Month: No-one
You could be cheeky and put Glen Whelan here, but for my money, the veteran isn’t a hideously bad midfielder, he just needs a fair bit of time on the ball. He’s shown an eye for some brutal defense splitting passes and helps solidify the team going back. Certainly, when the man is under pressure, Villa fall apart - but in such a good month, it’d be wrong to declare anyone as a ‘bad performer’. Despite Adomah’s magic, Villa’s September was made so good thanks to some solid team performance.s
What say you — Agree? Disagree?