Angel handed September gong
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Born-again striker Juan Pablo Angel has been named by givemefootball readers as the Official PFA Fans' Player of the Month for September after rediscovering the sort of form which first persuaded Aston Villa to invest £9 million in the Colombian's goalscoring talents.
Angel struggled desperately in his first season at Villa Park, under Graham Taylor, but since the arrival of David O'Leary he has begun to show what he is capable of and this fans' award is confirmation that Villa supporters have renewed faith in the South American.
The Villa boss says of his rejuvenated striker, who was instrumental in the 2-1 league win over Charlton and who scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 Carling Cup win over Wycombe: "Scoring the goals does no one any harm.
"It can only boost the confidence of the players. Since the ninth of July when we reported back, Juan Pablo has been lovely to deal with.
"He is a nice person off the pitch, he is good to speak to and wants to learn. He is interested in learning how to look after yourself off the pitch. He wants to do well and play well."
He has certainly been doing that in recent weeks, as has First Division Player of the Month Graham Kavanagh who has played a key role in Cardiff City's bid to gain back-to-back promotions.
Although The Bluebirds suffered a blip in losing three games on the trot during September, they have rediscovered their form in recent games with a win against Crewe and a hard-earned draw against in-form Wigan.
Second Division winner is Swindon striker Tommy Mooney who has been in a rich vein of goalscoring form since joining the Wiltshire club on a year-long deal from Birmingham City in the summer.
His partnership with Sam Parkin and on-loan signing James Milner has been an important factor behind Swindon's impressive start to the season and during September their only defeat was the penalty shoot-out exit at the hands of Leeds in the Carling Cup.
Swansea's Lee Trundle has also been scoring goals for fun so far this season - 10 already - and is the worthy winner in Division Three as The Swans hit the promotion trail.