Dean Smith has dismissed any talk that Jonathan Kodjia could leave Aston Villa this summer, with the European transfer window still open, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.
When asked about the prospect of the Ivorian leaving in a press conference, Smith replied: “We haven’t had any offers. We don’t welcome any. Jonathan is happy here and we are happy with him. He is looking forward to the Premier League season.”
There have recently been reports from Turkish outlet Orta Cizgi suggesting that Besiktas had been pursuing a deal for the 29-year-old.
Aston Villa don’t have many trusted striking options, with just Wesley who was signed for £22m this summer, according to Sky Sports, Kodjia and Keinan Davis, who has only started 18 games for Villa, as per Transfermarkt.
Kodjia started 22 Championship matches last season, coming off the bench 19 times, scoring nine goals and assisting two, as per WhoScored.
He also came on for the final 16 minutes in Villa’s return to the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur, which shows he is trusted, as that move came shortly after Tanguy Ndombele equalised for Spurs.
This gives the indication that he is certainly someone Smith is prepared to use in pressure situations this campaign.
Smith is correct to not welcome any offers for Kodjia, as he can be a very useful player this season – whether that is off the bench or starting games.
Villa need more than one striker who has shown they can be consistently relied upon and the Ivorian is one such player. Back in the 2016/17 Championship season, he scored a very respectable tally of 19 goals for his side and 19 the campaign prior when he was still at Bristol City.
Considering all the good work the club have done in building the squad for this season, it would be silly to undo some of that by letting Kodjia leave, especially at a time where he can’t be replaced.
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