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TT Introduces: The impact Dean Smith’s Aston Villa appointment could have on Hogan and Kodjia

TT Introduces: The impact Dean Smith’s Aston Villa appointment could have on Hogan and Kodjia

Aston Villa made changes to their technical staff this week when they sacked Steve Bruce and replaced him with Dean Smith, while the former Brentford manager was also joined by John Terry and Jesus Garcia Pitarch in this recent Villa Park shake up.

Terry, who captained Aston Villa all the way to the Championship play-off final last season before announcing his retirement this month, has returned to the Midlands club as an assistant coach to Smith.

Meanwhile, Pitarch has taken up the position of sporting director having previously held similar roles at La Liga sides Atletico Madrid and Valencia.

In regards to what actually happens on the pitch, though, the arrival of Smith is one that is likely to change the whole complexion of the Aston Villa team with up front an area to pay particular attention to.

Smith, of course, worked with Scott Hogan when the pair were both at Brentford where the 26-year-old played his best football as a Championship player.

However, the centre-forward has struggled massively since leaving Griffin Park for Villa Park, continuously being overlooked by Steve Bruce who favoured the likes of Lewis Grabban and Jonathan Kodjia instead.

Kodjia, though, could now be the one to find himself out of the starting XI given Hogan’s relationship with Smith and the 47-year-old’s preference of lining up with a more mobile striker rather than a physically imposing centre-forward.

With Tammy Abraham also in the mix, it will be interesting to see what direction Smith heads in when it comes to selecting his No.9.

But it would not be a surprise to see Hogan get the nod — even at the expense of Kodjia.

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