League: P4 W1 D1 L2 GD -1 PTS 4.
Capital One Cup: P1 W1
The closure of the transfer window and the upcoming international break have given us an opportunity to take a breather from the hectic start to the new season. Aston Villa Football Club is currently twelfth in the Premier League and through to the third round of the Capital One Cup, where a mouth-watering tie against local rivals Birmingham City awaits. Joleon Lescott, Matija Sarkic and Tiago Ilori arrived on deadline day when Nathan Baker and Joe Bennett both departed on loan deals to Bristol City and A.F.C. Bournemouth respectively.
The new season has seen several new signings make their Villa debuts, with Micah Richards, Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye impressing in particular.
Tim Sherwood will be hoping that Joleon Lescott will be able to form a strong partnership in the heart of the defence with new skipper Richards whilst Amavi looks increasingly likely to be the solution to the problems at left back that have plagued the club for many seasons.
Idrissa Gueye has filled the void left by Fabian Delph and performed particularly strongly against Sunderland, where his aggressive tackling and strong running helped the Villans to stay on the front foot for the majority of the game.
Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede will all take time to settle but it is hoped that they will be strong players for the club this season.
The signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona was a real coup for Tim Sherwood and, judging by the impact that he made against Crystal Palace, he could be a real star for the club this season.
The Villans obtained four points from four fixtures and can count themselves unlucky not to have more. A narrow win over A.F.C. Bournemouth was followed by frustrating defeats to Manchester United and Crystal Palace while the Black Cats were fortunate to leave Villa Park with a point after being totally outplayed for the entire ninety minutes. The manner of the two defeats is particularly annoying considering that both winning goals could easily have been avoided. The draw against the Black Cats was no disaster and the performance was positive. However, the side will have to be much more clinical against better sides. Scott Sinclair bagged two in that match which followed up his hat-trick in the cup against Notts County, when the boys in claret and blue were given a scare before eventually coming through 5-3 after extra time.
September promises to be an exciting month with three local derbies to look forward to. Strong performances against Leicester and West Bromwich would set the team up brilliantly going into the Birmingham game. A trip to Anfield rounds off September and a haul of four to six points from the three Premier League games would represent a good month. Supporters aren’t expecting miracles this season and many of the new signings will take time to gel and adapt to their new surroundings. The signs are promising, however, and a couple of good results in the derbies will give everyone a confidence boost.