Aston Villa chief: This is my one wish for the season
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa chairman Dr Tony Xia has named his one wish for the remainder of the season, and it involves star striker Jonathan Kodjia.
The outspoken Villa chief revealed on his personal Twitter account on Friday morning that his one remaining wish for the season was for Kodjia, and his strike partner Scott Hogan to both score and assist in a single game.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) April 14, 2017
Kodjia has been the standout performer for Aston Villa this season, scoring 19 goals, but manager Steve Bruce turned to Hogan in the January transfer window in an attempt to ease the goalscoring burden.
However, Hogan has struggled with injuries since his arrival at Villa Park in the new year, and has seen his game time limited.
The two goalscorers have yet to really gel as a goalscoring partnership, but Xia wishes they can swiftly hit the ground running as the season nears its climax.
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Hogan, 25, has eight appearances for the Championship club, netting just one goal, on his return from a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Wigan last month.
But Ivory Coast international Kodjia, on the other hand, did not hit the back of the net against Wigan; the only occasion in his last five league appearances where he has failed to score.
Aston Villa are next in action against Reading on Saturday, and Bruce should have both his leading men at his disposal for the tie.
A win would maintain Villa’s late surge towards the play-off places, keeping their slim hopes alive of pulling off a shock last-minute promotion bid.
They are currently 11th in the Championship with five matches remaining, but they are still 11 points adrift of the top six.
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