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Clinical Jonathan Kodjia could fire Aston Villa to Premier League safety

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Clinical Jonathan Kodjia could fire Aston Villa to Premier League safety

The 30-year-old has been used sparingly by Dean Smith this season.

Aston Villa are only outside the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference and must find the winning formula quickly.

If Dean Smith’s men don’t improve it could be a quick exit through the trap door back into the Championship.

Villa were so impressive in their promotion-winning campaign of 2018/19 that it would be a real shame if their Premier League stint was to be shortlived.

The club added 12 new players during the summer and perhaps that number has proved a detriment on the pitch.

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Smith might be wise to turn to a player who didn’t arrive in the summer to revive the club’s fortunes.

Jonathan Kodjia has been at Villa Park since 2016. He signed from Bristol City for £11 million and has proved a decent player for the club.

The 30-year-old has managed just 41 minutes of action in the Premier League this season, with Smith trusting summer signing Wesley to lead the line.

Kodjia highlighted his class in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Liverpool. The Ivorian put an extremely young Reds outfit to the sword with a lethal showing in front of goal.

 

He finished with two goals and his performance, on the whole, was pretty impressive.

Wesley also came off the bench and scored but with Villa struggling to kill teams off in the league, it could be time to utilise Kodjia more often.

The hardworking striker could actually complement Wesley if the pair were unleashed together and Smith has some thinking to do.

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The 23 goals scored by Villa this season is the most by any team currently in the bottom half of the Premier League.

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The problem has been with killing teams off, however.

Wesley has only netted four league goals this season and for the money spent Villa will hope he can kick on during the second half of the season.

Kodjia has been badly underused during the season so far and Smith should perhaps hand him more opportunities following his midweek performance.

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