By Amir Mir
Nigel Spink has questioned what Aston Villa ace Jonathan Kodjia brings to the team if he isn’t scoring goals.
The Ivory Coast international is the club’s top scorer this season with 15 goals during their bleak Championship campaign.
Kodjia moved to Villa Park from Bristol City in the summer for a fee that could rise to £15million, making him the most expensive second-tier player in history.
Despite that big transfer fee, he has lived up to expectations at the Midlands club but questions have been asked about what he provides to the team off the ball.
Club legend and European Cup winning goalkeeper Spink provided his verdict on the club’s star man.
“Without his goals, they would be in a mess,” Spink told BBC Radio West Midlands. “But, if we are being ultra critical if he doesn’t score, what does he bring to the team as a player?”
Kodjia was at it again at the weekend when his brace against promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday helped the club secure a valuable three points.
It means Steve Bruce’s side have won four of their last five matches, this comes after their horror run in February where they lost five matches on the bounce.
There have been a number of times during this campaign where Kodjia has been criticised for not passing the ball to teammates who are in a more advanced position than him.
He has mainly flourished when playing up top on his own in a 4-3-3 formation or playing on the left wing.
However, prior to his injury against Newcastle, January signing Scott Hogan was playing alongside Kodjia up top, but Villa struggled during those games.
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