Tim Sherwood clarifies Libor Kozak's Aston Villa future after reportedly snubbing Celtic

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood says Libor Kozak does still have a future at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that striker Libor Kozak is simply down the pecking order right now, but is under consideration for playing in the Premier League.

Kozak, 26, joined Villa from Lazio back in 2013, but has played just 15 games for the club having suffered a number of injuries during his time in England.

Now, the giant Czech striker is back to full fitness - but remains on the fringes of the Villa side, with manager Sherwood having a number of strikers at his disposal.

With Scott Sinclair, Rudy Gestede, Andre Ayew and Gabriel Agbonlahor all in contention under Sherwood, Kozak is fifth choice at the very best right now.

However, manager Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that Kozak is still in his plans, and will continue to be so despite his lack of football of late.

"At the moment I favour the players in front of him," said Sherwood. "I will always have a striker on the bench. I had two on there (against Albion). Libor is still at the football club so he will be considered like everyone will be. Everyone who is here and has a squad number will be considered for the Premier League," he added.

Misfit Kozak has had a tough time at Villa, but it's interesting to note that he recently rejected a move away from Villa Park, according to reports.

The Daily Mail suggested last month that Celtic had made a move to sign Kozak, but the striker chose to reject the transfer and fight for his place at Villa.

Manager Ronny Deila has clearly been searching for a target man, and the 6ft 3in Kozak would have fit the bill perfectly - but it seems that he still believes he has a future at Villa, and will continue to try and prove himself to Sherwood despite the new arrivals up front.

Handing him playing time in the Capital One Cup tie against Birmingham City this week could be a smart move for Sherwood, just to see what Kozak can do in competitive action rather than in the reserves.

If Kozak continues to be stuck on the sidelines, he may well want to re-consider a move to Celtic - if Deila would come calling again for him in the January transfer window.

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