After a rocky summer, the Villa faithful will be grateful for their solid opening to the 2014-15 Premier League season. They have gained four points from a possible six after their stalemate with Newcastle on Saturday.
Defensively, Villa have made great strides from previous seasons. Their back line has gone from a jittery group of youngsters to an organized and experienced defence. As a result, the team has yet to concede a goal this season.
Unfortunately, the team's attack has been less impressive. Villa have scored just one goal, netting from the team's only shot on target of the season against Stoke.
There are some signs of improvement in the team's offensive approach, but there are also several worrying signs that suggest that the return of Christian Benteke couldn't come soon enough.
Here are five observations of Villa's offence so far in 2014-15.