By Matt Farr

Steve Bruce has urged his Aston Villa first team squad to ease the goalscoring burden off Jonathan Kodjia.

Aston Villa have struggled for goals this season, with the Ivory Coast striker the only player currently within the first team squad to have hit more than three league goals.

But Bruce has urged his players to start chipping in on the goalscoring front, with the club set for a tricky visit from Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

As quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, Bruce said: “We have relied heavily on Jonathan Kodjia. He has scored critical goals for us.

“We all have to chip in.”

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Winger Albert Adomah is currently the second highest scorer for Aston Villa in the Championship this season, with three goals.

Rudy Gestede (four), Ross McCormack (three) and Jordan Ayew (two) have each chipped in with valuable goals throughout the league campaign, but the trio were all sold in January.

Proven hitman Scott Hogan, meanwhile, had subsequently been brought in to assist Kodjia, but the former Brentford man has seen his start to life at the club hit by injury.

Aston Villa’s over reliance on Kodjia, 27, has seen the club score just 35 league goals this term, the third fewest of any other side.

As a result, Bruce’s side sit 15th in the Championship heading into their clash with sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park on Saturday.

Kodjia has 13 goals this season from 32 appearances.

In other Aston Villa news, Jordan Amavi has sent a Twitter message to fans following his return to the team.

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