As the calendar flips from August to September — it is time to take a look back at the opening month of the 2017/2018 campaign.
Aston Villa currently sit 18th in the table on five points. One win, two loses, and two draws in the league -- plus a pair of Carabao Cup wins. No one will argue that the first month has been successful — but it ended with more positives than it started in terms of performance on the pitch.
August Star of the Month: Conor Hourihane
When a player scores more than half the team’s total goals he is likely going to win the award. But it was more than just the goals — he brings an attacking mentality to the midfield when he is given the option of going forward. Remember on opening day when the Irish midfielder was benched in favor of the now-departed Leandro Bacuna? Yeah.... that didn’t work. The club has been crying out for a midfielder who can score and it appears that Conor may be on the cusp of regaining his Barnsley form. Long may it continue.
Honorable Mention: Josh Onomah
The 20-year-old Spurs prospect has been a positive influence in Villa’s attack -- and is steadily growing in the squad. He would have been a solid choice for the award — and will likely be in the conversation going forward. It will be interesting to watch the Onomah and Hourihane work and grow together.
Andre Green is worth a shout as well — and certainly his goal was the best single moment of the month. So let’s watch it again!
August Worst of the Month: Alan Hutton
And the Aston Villa Twittersphere goes mad (split into agreement and disagreement). But let’s have some real talk. Hutton was bad for the majority of August. Yes — the 32-year-old puts in effort every time on the pitch and that should be appreciated. But his performances were not good enough to stay as the number one right back when there are a slew of options.
Honorable Mention: John Terry
Hear me out here. Terry gets a mention because of his performance versus the very high expectations (that Steve Bruce first raised in the preseason — then downplayed when it suited the narrative — which made things even worse, Steve). Captain, Leader... blah, blah, blah. Be better! Now it must be said Terry is getting used to a new club, new league, and playing every week — so there some explanations to the slow start.