With the transfer window now slammed shut, Aston Villa’s summer spending was completed with the acquisitions of Jonathan Kodjia and Albert Adomah.
Many of the Villa faithful had been calling for a striker and a winger for the entire window and the new owner delivered in the final days of the transfer window.
With McCormack, Gestede, Ayew and Grealish all impressing so far this season, where do Kodjia and Adomah actually manage to fit into the side at this moment?
Kodjia started the season for Bristol City out on the left wing with Tammy Abraham taking the front position. This is a position where the Villans only really have Jack Grealish.
Kodjia perhaps won’t be happy with that though, and seemingly signed by Xia as the club’s ‘world class’ number nine, this would surely not be an option for Roberto Di Matteo. With Kodjia almost certainly then set be played as a striker, would that mean a 4-4-2 formation for Aston Villa?
When he returns from his slight injury, Rudy Gestede has to go straight back into the side. He may have had his critics last season but, until his injury at Derby County, he has arguably been the club’s best player so far this season.
His ability to win almost everything in the air is something which Di Matteo has seemed to make a key part of how his side plays so it would be hard to see him being left out. Gestede’s most prolific season came when playing alongside a strike partner in Jordan Rhodes so that could be the best option for the club.
If Gestede and Kodjia start together, what will that mean for Ross McCormack?
A player brought in for £12 million, surely he cannot be left out. However, with Grealish, Ayew and Adomah battling it out for the two wide places and McCormack definitely not a winger, it is a struggle to see where he fits in. Di Matteo cannot play him behind Gestede and Kodjia whilst playing two of the other three mentioned on the wings so the Scottish international would be stuck playing second fiddle.
As for Adomah, as mentioned, he will be fighting with Ayew and Grealish for a place in the side. Given Grealish’s good performances this season, it is Ayew’s place that looks the most vulnerable at present.
Ayew is a player who came out of last season’s catastrophe as the only shining light. Ideally, he would want to play as a striker but, with his ability to cut in and shoot, he is more than talented enough to excel on the wing. So far this season, he has looked very self-obsessed and his greedy nature arguably cost the Villans the lead in their last match away to Bristol City. A player who can excite and annoy in equal measures, Ayew is quite similar to Adomah and so it will be a tough call but the battle of the Ghanaians will only be good for the side.
With six players looking to take four places, not all of them can be happy but with such strength in depth the team should only reap the benefits.
Despite being delighted that he signed all these players that he highlighted to Tony Xia and Keith Wyness, Di Matteo will be having restless nights as he juggles all the possible ways of assembling the most dangerous strike force in the Championship.