By Danny Wright
Henri Lansbury believes that Aston Villa can cope with the selfishness of Jonathan Kodjia, as long as he keeps up his goalscoring form.
The 26-year-old January signing believes that Kodjia should look to pass the ball more often but he can be excused when he finds the back of the net so often.
Villa won their fourth match in a row when the Ivorian striker scored the only goal in Tuesday’s win against QPR.
He is the club’s top goalscorer this season with 18 goals in 36 league appearances.
“He just wants to score goals,” said Lansbury, as quoted by the Express and Star. “Some of the time he could pass it but he keeps putting the ball in the back of the net.
“You don’t mind shouting at him a few times if he is going to whack one in and we win 1-0.”
Steve Bruce’s side have won seven of their last eight matches with Kodjia scoring seven times in that run.
He scored both goals in Saturday’s impressive win against Norwich and has been the star man in Villa’s revival.
The ex-Bristol City striker missed three games in January as he was called up to play for Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
His departure began a run of eight league games without a win for the West Midlands club after they picked up seven points in the three games before Kodjia’s international duty began.
Aston Villa face a trip to struggling Burton Albion in their next game on Saturday.
The Brewers lost 1-0 to league leaders Newcastle on Wednesday night.
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