COMMENT by Amir Mir
Aston Villa travel to Yorkshire on Saturday evening to take on Leeds in what is expected to be a mouth-watering contest.
Steve Bruce’s side are unbeaten in his first seven games in charge and a win would close their four point gap on the top six.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three Villa players who could be crucial to the Midlands outfit picking up all three points at Elland Road at the weekend.
The 27-year-old striker has been in red hot form since Bruce took charge, scoring six goals in his seven games at the helm.
Kodjia is the focal point for the majority of Villa’s attacks and he links up well with the likes of Albert Adomah and Jack Grealish.
If Villa can provide him the service on Saturday then he will prove to be a handful for the Leeds defensive backline.
The experienced campaigner is beginning to show his true colours for the claret and blue and will need to be on his game against the Whites at the weekend.
The 32-year-old will most likely play in a midfield three for Bruce’s side as he will be given the task to frustrate and nullify any opposition attacks.
His strength and heading ability will come in handy against the likes of Leeds striker Chris Wood with the New Zealand international scoring nine goals this season.
The club’s academy product is one of the best players in the second-tier when he is on his game and he will be hoping to put in a strong performance against Leeds.
He has the ability to play the game at his own pace, beat men on the ball and create chances from out wide and through the middle.
If the away side are to come away with any points then Grealish will need to stand up and deliver for his team.
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