I breathed a sigh of relief when Albert Adomah was not selected by Ghana for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament, especially given that fellow forwards Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew will be making the trip to Gabon for represent their respective national sides.
Whilst Adomah has only started thirteen of Aston Villa Football Club’s Championship fixtures this campaign, he has contributed five assists and a goal and, in my opinion, he has been one of our more consistent and reliable performers.
The Ghanaian, capped eighteen times by his country, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day from Middlesbrough when former Barcelona winger Adama moved in the opposite direction.
Many fans at the time were not happy with the sale of Adama. However, he was reportedly on a huge wage, which was of course was unsustainable in the Championship, and he never really fulfilled his potential in claret and blue other than for a couple of brief moments.
All too familiar comments have come from Adama’s current manager, Aitor Karanka, who said, “My job is to win games. My job is not to sit and watch highlights of Adama Traore.”
Adama is capable of the spectacular but, to date, has not shown consistency in English football. Therefore, he seems to me to be very much a player who looks good on ‘Match of the Day’ but not for ninety minutes on a match day.
Adomah seems much more consistent and reliable on the evidence of this season and he can also be called on to do a job defensively. I believe that Alan Hutton looks like a better player with the former Middlesbrough player in front of him.
I am surprised that Adomah is not in the starting line-up for every match as he knows his position and he knows the league.
The same cannot be said of others who have started ahead of him. Whilst the likes of Jordan Ayew and Ross McCormack perhaps provide a greater goal-scoring threat, the team suffers from an imbalance in Adomah’s absence.
It was no coincidence that we improved against Leeds United when Adomah entered the fray. We suddenly had width which was missing previously. If we could get a player down the left-hand side with similar qualities to Adomah then I think we would be a real threat down both flanks.
My moment of the season so far probably came against Fulham as Adomah showed a clear head and quality when others may not have done the same. The Cottagers’ goalkeeper, David Button, had his pocket picked by the Ghanaian. Rather than shooting from a difficult angle, Adomah instead crossed accurately into the box for Jonathan Kodjia to finish spectacularly.
Kodjia and Adomah seem to have built up a good relationship both on and off the pitch and we will hopefully see this combination bringing more goals for Aston Villa Football Club in 2017.