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‘If they can afford him’ – 33-goal striker as a Kodjia replacement at Aston Villa: The verdict



Jack Marriott has been an inescapable name so far this transfer window and it is no real surprise after his amazing campaign with Peterborough United last season. 

The 23-year-old scored 33 goals in all competitions and etched his name alongside Craig Mackail-Smith, Dwight Gayle, Aaron McLean and Britt Assombalonga as striking talent to move for big money from the Posh.

But the question of where Marriott will end up remains.

Nottingham Forest were early favourites to sign him, but after bringing in Lewis Grabban and Hillal Soudani that seems unlikely.

One club who could be in need of a striker next season is Aston Villa. The cash-strapped side are looking to sell off their high earners with one of whom being Jonathan Kodjia.

Kodjia has impressed over his three years in the Championship but struggled badly with injuries last season.

So would Marriott be a good replacement for the Ivorian striker?

We discuss…

Jay Williams 

Marriott would be an excellent replacement for Kodjia but can they afford him? Even if they sell a number of fringe players, they may struggle to finance a move for the 23-year-old with Peterborough United demanding a high transfer fee.

But if they did manage to sign Marriott, surely he could become a hit in a higher division after netting 33 goals in League One.

Chris Gallagher 

Yes, if they could afford him.

The Peterborough man is ready to step up and has a lot of good attributes. Villa will need a striker and he’d be desperate to impress and prove himself, it’s a good fit.

Alfie Burns 

He’d be a good option to turn to, but it’s not a deal I can see happening.

If Kodjia leaves Villa Park, you’d imagine someone like Keinan Davis would get more game time, rather than Villa turning to the market.

George Dagless 

It’s worth a go.

If Villa can wrangle a deal then it could prove one of their better summer signings.

They are restricted by FFP but using some of the money Kodjia raises on Marriott seems a decent idea on paper.

Gary Hutchinson 

Yes, but where is the sense in that? They’re selling Kodjia as they’re in financial peril, so the last thing they’re going to do is get involved in a bidding war for someone else.

Sorry Villa fans, but you’ll have to make do with what you’ve got.

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