Following their recent relegation from the Premier League to the Championship, Aston Villa went on a massive recruitment drive heading into the 2016/17 season under newly appointment manager Roberto Di Matteo.
And while Di Matteo’s hiring as Aston Villa boss was far from a success with the Italian getting the chop after just 124 days into his tenure, the same cannot be said for his signing Jonathan Kodjia, whose arrival at Villa Park was met with much excitement.
— will lydon (@lydonAV_) August 30, 2016
— FootballEditsz (@footballeditsz) August 30, 2016
not a world class signing as promised but great pedigree at this level. Welcome to Villa, Jonathan #UTV
— Chris Jones (@chrisajones20) August 30, 2016
— KINGEIGHTYONE (@KingEightyOne) August 30, 2016
very excited to see him join let's hope he can repeat his goal scoring record from last season
— Max Chorley (@maxchorley123) August 30, 2016
— Steve Blake (@steveblake007) August 30, 2016
Kodjia joined Aston Villa from Bristol City fresh off a campaign where he was able to muster up 19 goals in 45 league appearances.
And while the 28-year-old has had his injury problems since signing for the Villans, overall, he has still been a good addition to the squad.
In the 2016/17 Championship season, Kodjia was again able to find the back of the net on 19 occasions as the spearhead of Steve Bruce’s side.
The Ivory Coast international is a powerful No.9 capable of holding up the ball well with his strength and was the ideal centre-forward for the style of football Bruce was persistent on playing.
Under Dean Smith, though, things may be different, especially with the former Brentford boss having Tammy Abraham at his disposal with the 21-year-old having made a good start to life as an Aston Villa player.
Nevertheless, Kodjia was still a solid capture for the club and one that can offer plenty to the team.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!