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.
Just signed. It took me more than 20yrs 2grow up from a 'genius' boy2get some successes. Hope RMH knows how2turn talents to a great player. https://t.co/sTg6E1QWJU— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) February 3, 2017
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.