Steve Froggatt urges Remi Garde to re-think situation surrounding Libor Kozak

Steve Froggatt wants Aston Villa to hand a start to Libor Kozak.

Former Aston Villa winger Steve Froggatt has told BBC West Midlands that he wants Libor Kozak to start for Remi Garde's men.

Villa have won just once this season, and that came all the way back on the opening day of the season, with Garde's side sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table.

A 1-1 draw at Southampton last weekend was an improvement from the 4-0 thrashing at Everton, but Villa still have a major problem scoring goals.

Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew haven't quite had the desired impact since their summer moves to Villa Park, yet Garde does have another striker in his ranks.

Czech Republic international Libor Kozak has endured an injury-hit spell at Villa since signing from Lazio back in 2013, but has been working way back to fitness with the Aston Villa Under-21 side in recent weeks.

Two goals against Derby on Monday have once again led to calls from fans that he should be included in the Villa starting line-up - and ex-Villa winger Steve Froggatt has told BBC West Midlands that it's time to give the giant striker a chance in the Premier League.

"I'd like to see him start to see how he gets on," said Froggatt. "What can go wrong, that hasn't already gone wrong this season? It's true isn't it? Give the lad a go and if you play him as a lone striker up front, one thing you know he is capable of doing is holding the ball up front. I'm not so sure he's mobile enough to work the channels, but what he will do is hold the ball up," he added.

The calls from Froggatt and other Villa fans come just days after he was linked with a move to Scottish side Celtic by The Scottish Sun.

The Bhoys may have snapped up Nadir Ciftci and Carlton Cole in recent times, but it was reported by The Scottish Sun that Celtic failed in a move for Kozak over the summer, and Ronny Deila is now looking to make a second attempt at signing him.

Ultimately, unless Garde re-thinks the situation regarding Kozak's involvement in the first-team, he may well push for a move away in January - possibly to Celtic.

The Bhoys may look for a longer-term target man due to Cole's age, and Kozak would certainly fit the bill with his size, strength and aerial ability. Deila will certainly be keeping his eye on Kozak's situation at Villa Park, and the next few weeks could indicate whether Garde plans to use Kozak going forward or is looking to sell him in January.

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