Could Kodjia lead the line for Aston Villa?


If you were to tell Aston Villa fans that they were only allowed to sign one more player and ask which position they would strengthen, the majority would say a striker is required.

It is no secret that since selling Christian Benteke the Villans have sorely lacked a focal point who could net twenty goals or more a season.

Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew was the only striking option last season who looked close to even getting into double figures, scoring seven times in a hopeless season.

He has started pre-season well, already netting four times in three games. Despite new owner Tony Xia suggesting that Ayew is not for sale, there is no doubt that many managers will be interested in taking the striker away from the Championship.

Should Ayew stay, he has the pure ability to be able to reach that golden mark, if not even go on to win the Championship Golden Boot, but, being realistic, it would be a huge feat to keep him at the club.

Regardless of whether Ayew stays or goes, Di Matteo still need to strengthen in attacking areas, something that the Italian has already noticed.

According to rumours on social media sites, the man who has been targeted to help or replace Ayew is Bristol City hotshot Jonathan Kodjia.

After finding the net twenty times in forty-eight games last season for a struggling Bristol City side, Kodija would bring power, pace and an eye for goal to a Villa side that lacks a cutting edge.

Born in France and of Ivory Coast decent, the twenty-six-year-old only joined the Robins last summer for £2 million from French Ligue 1 side Angers after scoring fifteen goals to help guide Angers to the French top division for the first time since the 1993-1994 season.

Many players struggle to adapt to the fast-paced nature of English football when they land in our green and pleasant land but Kodjia has not shown much sign of this. If he were to kick on now that he is used to the tempo of English football and playing in the Championship then Villa would have a bargain at the £5 million the club is rumoured to be offering, although there are some suggestions that this initial bid was rejected.

It may not take the striker long to settle in at B6 either: he is used to scoring in the Midlands, having netted in two of his three trips to the area last season, scoring against Villa’s bitter rivals Birmingham City and against West Bromwich Albion. He also scored the only goal in Bristol City’s home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

On paper, Kodjia is exactly the sort of player the club should be looking to sign. With his best years surely ahead of him, signing Kodjia could be the smartest piece of business that Di Matteo does all summer.


  1. Get him in. He scored 20 goals in a struggling team. It’s not rocket science we need him and he need us


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