COMMENT by Amir Mir
It has been a pretty bleak season for Aston Villa, despite adding 17 players to their squad following relegation last season.
Big money was spent, both in the summer and in January added with big expectations, but it is fair to say only a fair few of those signings have come off.
Striker Jonathan Kodjia and centre-back James Chester are perhaps the standouts for the struggling Championship outfit.
For Steve Bruce’s side, promotion back to the Premier League is looking a long way from reality with his team currently 13 points off the top six.
Therefore, the former Manchester United man should be very wary of possibly losing two of his key players to Premier League clubs in the summer.
Wales international Chester has tasted top flight football before and there is absolutely no doubt that he still has the qualities to perform at the top level.
Chester’s calmness in defence, ability to read the game and see off danger, is a great asset to have in the Championship.
By contrast, Kodjia is yet to feature in the promise land, but he has shown glimpses of talent which suggest that it won’t be too long before he is plying his trade in England’s top league.
The Ivory Coast international seems to perform with such ease and skill when on the ball and his ten goals this season are examples of that.
There has been a lot of incomings at Villa Park lately, but Bruce would do very well if he can hold onto his star duo in the summer with promotion now looking highly unlikely.
In other Aston Villa news, this midfielder is expected to be axed for the Ipswich clash.