Aston Villa have turned their season around after four wins on the bounce has left them on the brink of the play-offs.
One of the key reasons for the form is Steve Bruce reverting to a 4-4-2 formation with Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis up front.
Midfielder Conor Hourihane believes the pair have made Villa a lot more effective.
“We are performing better with two up front. Kodjia coming back is a big one for us and Keinan up front has been a good find for us as well,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
Whilst the goals have come from all areas of the pitch, Bruce’s men have now scored ten goals in the four games with the two strikers working together.
However, Hourihane admitted that playing a 4-4-2 does have a negative side, but feels it’s worth it overall.
“Maybe with those two in front we have to sacrifice someone in midfield which might let the opposition have a little bit more possession. But when we get the ball down they can cause some problems.”
Credit must go to Steve Bruce for changing the formation as it’s seen Villa get four wins in a row, including some by big margins.
Kodjia and Davis have given Villa a real threat up front and their all-round strength has benefited the midfielders too who can play off them.
Yet, with tougher tests on the horizon it will be interesting to see whether Bruce sticks with his 4-4-2 formation.
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