In recent weeks, Aston Villa Football Club has given the fans what we’ve cried out for all season – wins. That winning feeling has been rare at Villa Park for in excess of five long and gruesome years, yet it seems that things are finally on the up. Things are starting to take shape for Steve Bruce’s claret and blue outfit, as we look to build some momentum heading into an extremely important campaign in the Championship next season.
Aston Villa’s upturn in form has coincided with the absence of £9 million front man, Scott Hogan. With the ex-Brentford forward in the side, we lost four games out of a possible four. It was evident that Bruce was trying to force a partnership between Hogan and Kodjia that did not materialise. We even resorted to a five-back formation to try and make things work, to no avail. When he is fit, where does Scott Hogan fit in?
Steve Bruce will have an awfully perplexing dilemma in regards to Hogan. Over the last two seasons, he has proven that he is one of the most lethal, prolific and feared strikers at this level. The same could be said for Villa’s current top-scorer, Jonathan Kodjia. Hence, neither player will be satisfied with sitting on the bench and Bruce will need to try his best to satisfy both players whilst producing the results on the pitch.
Unquestionably, our best formation is 4-3-3 and Steve Bruce should in no way, shape or form try to change this just to please players. It is an essential cog in our winning formula, as it provides the perfect balance in both attack and defence. It has been shown to produce the results in recent weeks, so changing to two up front with Kodjia and Hogan should be out of the equation for the moment, in my opinion.
Moreover, Dr Tony Xia certainly did not spend £9 million on a player to see him sit on the bench. We have already made the mistake this season of overspending on players who just haven’t fit into Aston Villa Football Club, most notably in the case of Ross McCormack. If Hogan cannot work at Aston Villa, I just hope it doesn’t prevent Villa’s owner from delving into his substantial pockets in later transfer windows.
With the rise to prominence of Villa starlet André Green, Bruce will be reluctant to move either Kodjia or Hogan out wide. In addition, Hogan will not walk straight back into the side. Despite this, I am confident that Steve Bruce will find a way of making it work. I just hope that the increased competition between the strikers will allow them to spur each other on to score the goals for Villa, rather than having an adverse effect.