'Not good enough' - Exclusive: Bent urges Aston Villa player to seriously consider his future
Darren Bent urged Aston Villa attacker Jonathan Kodjia to have a serious think about his future at Villa Park as he needs to be playing regular football.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Villans forward claimed it wasn’t good enough for Kodjia to just be getting four minutes here and there as he needs to be somewhere where he is going to play week-in-week-out.
The 30-year-old has played just 20 minutes of Premier League action this season, with his last outing being a four-minute cameo appearance against Liverpool.
Bent explained that Kodjia couldn’t afford to wait around for opportunities to come his way as time is working against him, and if his playing time isn’t going to increase then he needs to consider packing his bags.
When asked if Kodjia’s long-term future is at Villa Park, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a tough one because if Kodjia is getting four minutes there, four minutes here, for any striker with aspirations that’s not good enough.
“I don’t care how much money you’re on, that’s not good enough.
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“If he’s going to go somewhere and play…I mean if he is going to get opportunities at Villa then, by all means, stay as I’ve said before they are a fantastic football club.
“But if he is not going to get any minutes or three minutes, four minutes here, next to nothing… time is ticking and you can’t just keep waiting and waiting.
“If Wesley doesn’t produce the goods then he’ll get an opportunity but he’s 30 so eventually he needs to be somewhere where he is going to play week-in-week-out if that’s not Villa, then he needs to have a serious think.”
Kodjia’s season has been disrupted by injury already this season as he fractured his cheekbone in a training ground incident and is yet to complete 90 minutes in any competition so far.
The Ivory Coast attacker has been with Aston Villa since 2016 after joining from Bristol City, but his current contract is set to expire at the end of the season.