By Amir Mir
Martin O’Connor has stated that he would sell Aston Villa star Jonathan Kodjia for £20million in this summer.
BBC pundit O’Connor believes the club’s top goalscorer cannot play with anyone up front and manager Steve Bruce would be better off playing with two strikers.
Ivory Coast international Kodjia moved to Villa Park last summer from Championship rivals Bristol City for a fee that could rise to £15million.
Despite the big price tag for a second-tier player, Kodjia has lived up to expectations, scoring 15 goals in 33 league matches for the mid-table club.
Former Birmingham City captain O’Connor explained why he would accept a big money offer for Kodjia if one came in for him this summer.
“Yes, I would sell him if the right offer came in,” Martin O’Connor told BBC Radio West Midlands. “I don’t think he can play with anyone.
“If he gets you 20 goals, I think two strikers up there would get you 30, 35, 40 plus goals and that for me is more beneficial for the club, rather than the individual.
“I don’t think he wants to do it [defensive work]”.
When O’Connor was asked what fee he would sell Kodjia for, he stated that if a bid of £20million came in for him then “without question” he would move him on.
Since the January signing of Scott Hogan, Bruce has played a number of formations to try and accommodate playing two strikers up front.
The tactics of either playing three at the back or a simple 4-4-2 formation did not work as Villa suffered a number of defeats in February.
However, since Hogan was injured during the 2-0 loss at Newcastle last month, Bruce has reverted to a 4-3-3 formation with Kodjia playing up front on his own.
As a result, he has scored four goals for the club, including netting a brace against promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.
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