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Leeds would take step closer to Premier League return with January deal for linked-away Jonathan Kodjia

Leeds would take step closer to Premier League return with January deal for linked-away Jonathan Kodjia

According to a recent report from Ouest France, Jonathan Kodjia’s future is far from certain heading into the remainder of this month’s transfer window. The 29-year-old currently plays his football at Championship outfit Aston Villa and has done so since the summer of 2016, although struggles for regular starts under Villans manager Dean Smith has called his future at Villa Park into question.

And that’s because reports suggest that the 29-year-old could be set to leave the club this month in a bid for more regular game time, with former employers Angers reportedly keen on the striker, as should Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa as he eyes the January signings to help his side take a step closer to a Premier League return.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, the Yorkshire giants have given themselves an excellent chance of finally returning to the top-flight for the first time since 2004, with the Whites currently sat top of the Championship table after 28 games of the season, four points clear of third place Sheffield United.

Yet three defeats in their last four league matches has seen their momentum somewhat stunted, at the same time perhaps underlining just how tough a task it will be for Bielsa’s relatively small squad to continue to produce the goods between now and May – the games will come thick and fast come the start of February.

And while Kemar Roofe has continued to flourish upfront with 14 goals in 22 league games for the club this term, fellow forwards Patrick Bamford and Izzy Brown have struggled with injury all season to leave young Wales international Tyler Roberts as the only other available option to manager Bielsa.

As such, the Leeds boss may seek to further strengthen that area of the pitch ahead of the run in, with Villa’s Kodjia an ideal addition that would go some way to helping the Whites maintain their position at the summit of the Championship table.

The 29-year-old may have found regular starts hard to come by at Villa this term with only 17 in the second tier so far, but one mustn’t forget the 19 goals he netted for the Villans upon arrival at the club in the 2016/17 season – they may well have been in a relegation scrap were it not for the Ivorian.

And with 19 goals for Bristol City in the Championship the campaign before to thus earn himself a move to the Midlands giants, it’s clear just how prolific Kodjia is at second tier level when fit and firing – in fact, there are few better than the 29-year-old when he’s in form.

And in a Leeds side that have shown signs of weakness in recent weeks with three defeats in four, his arrival could give them an injection of impetus to take into the remainder of the season – other than Roofe, the fellow striking options have left a lot to be desired this term.

And with Kodjia’s future at Villa far from certain given his struggles for regular football this season, the Whites should seek to make a move for the striker, as doing so would help them take a step closer to a return to the Premier League.

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