COMMENT by Amir Mir
Ever since Jonathan Kodjia returned back to Aston Villa from international duty in January, it is fair to say his performance levels have dipped.
The 27-year-old is Villa’s top goalscorer this season with 11 goals, some achievement given his team are the second lowest goalscorers in the Championship.
However, despite those numbers, Kodjia is becoming a liability for the team and there could be a fair case as to why Steve Bruce’s side would be better without their star man.
Inability to pass the ball to his teammates
Ever since Scott Hogan walked through the doors in January, Kodjia’s decision making and inability to pass to a teammate in a more advanced position is costing the team. Bruce has, at times, opted to use Kodjia alongside Hogan in the attack, but there have been a number of occasions where the Ivory Coast international has opted to shoot from distance rather than pass. With Villa winning only one game since the turn of the year, moments such as this have cost and will continue to cost the team.
Poor aerial ability
Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane were two standout additions by the club last month. One strength the midfield duo share is their pin point crossing ability. However, with Kodjia as one of your strikers and his reluctance to head the ball, Villa’s creativity in the final third is dampened. This is further evidence that regardless of his showboating, Villa would be better off with another player up top.
Poor work rate
Players on the field shouldn’t have to be told to work for the shirt. Unfortunately, for Kodjia he is one player who is lacking in that department. When playing up top, he doesn’t press the opposition defence and when on the left-hand side of attack, he doesn’t help out his full back. When you are out of form it is sheer determination and will to work that can get you through. This is something Kodjia is not doing as Villa struggle for consistency and form.
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