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Aston Villa 2017-18 player preview: Rushian Hepburn-Murphy

Young attack seeks to turn potential into goals

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The middle of last campaign saw young Rushian Hepburn-Murphy in a contract standoff with the club. Eventually that was solved with Dr. Xia taking to Twitter.

That hope is one all Aston Villa supporters share. Goals have come for RHM on the youth and reserve teams — but can he turn it into first team success.

First — he has to be available and injuries have been a problem. Preseason was delayed because of a hamstring issue — and in his the first appearance with the U23 squad he was subbed off with what looked like another leg issue after taking a strong challenge.

Second — he has to get the chance and he is somewhat back in the striker’s depth chart with Kodjia (when healthy), Hogan, Gabby — plus McCormack and the rising star of Keinan Davis.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is likely a name to watch when it comes to the early cup rounds — but if can make an impression and the injury list grows — he better be ready to take his chance.