A new month, but in many ways you can certainly argue Aston Villa are now slowly beginning to find their feet back in the Premier League and head coach Dean Smith’s plan on the training ground is coming to fruition, as there was finally a commonality in the performance between our first team and second team when it came to the recent Wolverhampton Wanderers EFL Cup fourth round clash.
That’s not relevant for here though, as it’s an update on how our youngsters are doing out on loan as November is now with us, Bonfire Night will soon bug the living………as idiots set fireworks off at midnight for no reason whatsoever, and well, humph – maybe I’m just getting old?
Matija Sarkic made the trip up north to Scottish side Livingston and after a slow start where he only featured in the Scottish League Cup (and impressed), he’s now taken over in their Scottish Premiership campaign. He boasts eight starts with three clean sheets – one of which came against reigning Champions Celtic.
Andre Green got another crack at the Championship having joined Preston North End and he’s now made two EFL Cup starts, returning a goal – with four additional substitute showings in the league. He had one appearance to his name in October.
Jake Doyle-Hayes headed to League Two for a spell with Cheltenham Town and he’s now made 13 starting appearances for them across all competitions, returning his debut goal in their victory over Bradford City in mid-September.
James Bree got another crack at the Championship with a loan spell to Luton Town, and he’s already made 12 starting appearances for them, with one further showing from the bench.
Callum O’Hare headed to Coventry City and the ironic Trillion Trophy Stadium and he’s now made nine starts across all competitions, with an additional five appearances from the bench. He opened his goalscoring account for them in 3-3 draw with Oxford United, and added a second as they took victory over Blackpool.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy also headed out to League One, but to Tranmere Rovers and he certainly had an impact on his debut – he saw a straight red card. Having now served his suspension, he’s made two starts and eight substitute showings in total.
Finally, Scott Hogan made the switch to Stoke City and he’s made five starts across all competitions with seven additional substitute showings. He opened his account for them with a brace against Derby County in their league clash in mid-August and he added a further goal against Swansea City in early October.
That’s your lot – for now – I think, who knows anymore?