Jonathan Kodjia had the chance to leave Aston Villa on Deadline Day as a move to Angers was believed to be on the cards.
However, according to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, the Villans had blocked the switch from happening as they were unwilling to let him go without a replacement.
Considering that the Ivory Coast international has struggled to make a real impact for the Championship side this season, it could come as a frustrating blow to the player.
With the arrival of Tammy Abraham from Chelsea on loan in the summer, he has lost his place in the side as the main attacking threat and has found it difficult to make a real impact when given the opportunity – as Dean Smith has played him out on the wing on a number of occasions.
With a possible exit for Kodjia being blocked, it does raise some questions about what the future holds for the player.
And, it could be argued, that it can go one of two ways for the 29-year-old.
The first way is that it could motivate the player to be even better. Although Kodjia has not had his best season for The Villans, he still has six goals in his 28 appearances for the club so far and could provide Smith’s side with a valuable option up-front.
There is no doubt that he has plenty of attacking ability and can find the back of the net on a regular basis, however, the ankle injury he sustained a few campaigns ago appear to have halted his progress somewhat.
But, with Abraham having had a poor game against Reading last time out, Smith could look to put Kodjia back in that main striker role and could reap the rewards of keeping him at Villa Park.
However, when a potential move for a player gets turned down, especially when it would seem like a great idea, heads can drop.
As mentioned, Kodjia may have become frustrated with the decision that the Championship outfit made about blocking a switch back to his former club.
The player looks to be on the fringes of the starting line-up at times this season, having made 13 of his 29 appearances from the substitutes bench, whilst he is also played in a position that seems to be a little uncomfortable for him at times.
With Abraham, generally, in such fine form and Smith’s potential reluctance of changing his formation and system to benefit Kodjia, it would be difficult to see the Ivory Coast international get his chance to lead the line once again.
What the future holds for the Aston Villa forward remains to be seen, however, the club will be hoping he can still play a major role for them in the final part of the season.
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