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Jonathan Kodjia could become an Aston Villa hero

The Ivorian is set to return to first-team action after the international break.

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa’s automatic promotion hopes have come off the rails in recent weeks. For a while, it seemed Villa were going to upset either Wolves or Cardiff and break into the top two in the Championship. After a run of just one loss and one draw in 12 games, which ended in a 4-1 thrashing of Wolves, it was easy to see why.

Unfortunately, those hopes have come crashing down to earth. Villa have suffered two shock defeats in their last two outings. Firstly there was the 3-1 home reverse to QPR. Last weekend it was the turn of Bolton Wanderers, with Villa losing 1-0 at the Macron Stadium.

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The international break could therefore not come at a better time for Aston Villa, who will hope to see some of their regulars return to action after injury.

One such player could be Jonathan Kodjia. The Ivory Coast striker has not played since the 0-0 draw with Birmingham City in October. The 28-year-old is suffering from another ankle injury and has been sorely missed up front.

But it appears he is nearing a return.

Kodjia featured for 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Peterborough United at Bodymoor Heath.

His return to action would be a huge boost for Villa. Whilst Kodjia can be a frustrating figure at times, he is also a top striking option.

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Last season Kodjia scored 19 goals in the Championship and his firepower at this level has been sorely missed. With Scott Hogan out of form Lewis Grabban has been handed the burden of finding the net, Kodjia will hope to ease that responsibility.

If he can return to action at Villa Park and score the goals that send them back to the Premier League he will go down in Aston Villa folklore as a hero.

For a man with Kodjia’s character, that is an opportunity he will try to not let pass.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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EFL Cup omission spells ominous signs for Aston Villa’s Henri Lansbury

The 27-year-old has not played since the last day of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa made the long trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening as they kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over their League Two opponents.

The game gave boss Steve Bruce an early chance to assess his squad and shuffle his pack somewhat, given that his charges have started the 2018/19 league season with back-to-back victories.

One man who had probably been hoping to don the claret and blue jersey and play a rare game of football was Henri Lansbury, with the former Nottingham Forest midfielder something of a peripheral figure at Villa Park these days.

It was perhaps a slight kick in the teeth for the forgotten man of Aston Villa that he wasn’t even named in Bruce’s squad, with the boss preferring first-team regular Conor Hourihane and youngster Jake Doyle-Hayes in the middle of the park.

The fact that Lansbury didn’t even make the bench against weaker opposition could be a telling sign when it comes to assessing what sort of future the 27-year-old has in the West Midlands.

Last season saw the midfield man play in just 10 Championship fixtures for the Villains and he is yet to take his bow for the first-team in the current campaign, leaving serious question marks over his future at the club.

Given his age it seems vital that Lansbury is playing football and with the loan window slamming shut for Football League clubs at the end of the month, it remains to be seen whether any potential suitors will chance their arm.

On his day the man who joined Villa from Forest for £2.7 million is a solid player at Championship level, but with the player on around £40,000 per-week, any departure could depend on just how willing his current club are to continue paying a percentage of such an excessive salary.

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After finally starting first Aston Villa game, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy must take chance

Aston Villa will hope Hepburn-Murphy can thrive at Villa Park.

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Aston Villa faced Yeovil in the League Cup this week. A solitary goal from Conor Hourihane gave the Championship side the win and advancement to the second round. It was also a game which saw Steve Bruce give a chance to several young talents.

One such player was forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. The 19-year-old may have made his debut under Tim Sherwood way back in 2015, but this was actually his first start for his hometown club.

Hepburn-Murphy has been in and around the first-team for some time. His goalscoring record with the development team is a testament to his talents and Aston Villa fans are backing him for success.

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He currently has a chance in the first-team and, he needs to take it now.

With Scott Hogan injured and Aston Villa not making big transfer moves so far this summer, suddenly Hepburn-Murphy has a chance to cement his place in the first-team picture.

The teenager, who has had to battle injury trouble in recent seasons, has the perfect opportunity in his hands. He worked tirelessly against Yeovil and that will put him in good stead. But a goal or two would get that monkey off his back and have Aston Villa fans calling for him to remain in Bruce’s plans.

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Aston Villa’s hopes of getting Isaac Success now look doomed

The Nigerian forward has been included in the Watford squad for the season and even featured on the opening day of the season.

Mathew Nash

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The Premier League transfer window may be closed, but teams in the Championship can still make crucial additions. Aston Villa are still playing catch-up from their early summer financial issues and, therefore, could be active in the final two weeks they have.

One player that has been linked with a move to Villa Park is Watford attacker Isaac Success. As reported by TEAMtalk, Aston Villa had made a move for the Nigerian striker. A forgotten man at Vicarage Road, he had once cost £12.5 million to bring to Hertfordshire. However, Success found little of his namesake at Vicarage Road and is now down the pecking order with the Hornets.

But it looks as though any hopes of Aston Villa signing Success are slim.

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Watford named their Premier League squad this week for the upcoming campaign. At number nine in the list, sits Success.

Watford failed in attempts to bring in another striker during the Premier League transfer window. With only Troy Deeney and Andre Gray ahead of him and Stefano Okaka and Adalberto Penaranda linked with moves abroad before the end of the month, Success is likely to stay.

Aston Villa will have to look elsewhere if they are going to find themselves a new striker for the season.

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