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Jonathan Kodjia must take Aston Villa chance if Tammy Abraham is injured

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Jonathan Kodjia must take Aston Villa chance if Tammy Abraham is injured

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has a decision to make ahead of this Friday’s match with Bolton Wanderers.

He has three strikers to choose from and they are all vying for a first-team start.

Smith’s initial team selections suggested he prefers Tammy Abraham over Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan.

But Abraham is a doubt for the match after suffering a head injury. Smith might not want to rush him back, especially with two other options available to him.

This could be Kodjia’s chance to stake his first-team claim. Abraham has overtaken him in the pecking order and he has a point to prove.

(Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

The powerful 6ft 2in striker is an accomplished Championship standard player when fully fit, although he missed most of last season with injury woes.

 

Now that he is back and fully firing, he needs to prove that he should be starting ahead of Abraham.

The 29-year-old played in last weekend’s 1-0 loss against QPR so now he has to show Smith that he can get on the score sheet.

With four goals in 15 league games this season, the Ivory Coast international is not quite back to his best.

Kodjia has shown glimpses of his former self and with Abraham nearing a return to fitness, Friday’s clash with Bolton could be his chance to impress Smith.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

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