Aston Villa will hope to make a return to the Premier League this month but no matter what happens it’s sure to be a hectic summer for the club.
That’s because boss Dean Smith will be looking to make his own mark on the team and that could see a lot of the current squad moved on to make space for new signings.
If they remain in the Championship it will be a necessity through trying to cut costs, whereas some quite simply aren’t good enough to make the step up.
In fact, for most players at the club, the future is already seemingly clear. If they’re on loan, extending their stay will be unlikely in the second-tier and those on the fringes will be moved on regardless.
Yet, one man who will have been dividing opinion is Jonathan Kodjia.
Whilst he would command a decent fee in the summer, Villa would struggle to get their money back on the player and there’s no doubt he has ability.
But, for whatever reason, he failed to show that on a consistent basis for far too long.
However, he has really kicked on in the past month or so, with three goals from his last five appearances a very healthy return – which is even more impressive when you consider the minutes he has been on the pitch.
Prior to that though, Smith’s decision would’ve been pretty easy. The striker wasn’t delivering and too often can look disinterested and his link-up play is frustrating at times.
But, at 29-years-old, Kodjia should be at his best. He is still physically quick and strong and now has plenty of experience and there’s clearly a good player in there.
Even if they made the step up, you wouldn’t back against the Ivory Coast international becoming a decent squad player in the top-flight because he has different attributes and may be one of those players who benefits playing at a higher standard.
With two potentially crucial games coming up, Kodjia still has time to convince his manager further but he will hope his form in the past month is enough to ensure he remains a part of what will be a new-look Villa side in August.
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