Stan Collymore wants to see a Jordan Ayew and Libor Kozak partnership

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Stan Collymore was speaking after Aston Villa’s victory over Crystal Palace.

Writing for BoyleSports, Stan Collymore shared his views on Aston Villa’s win over Crystal Palace, claiming he wants to see Jordan Ayew and Libor Kozak in a strike partnership.

Collymore said: “The signs against Palace were promising. Ayew and Kozak need to play together to see if they can strike up a partnership.”

Remi Garde started Kozak against Palace, the forward’s first start since his return from injury earlier this season.

Although not in an out-and-out partnership with Ayew, the duo were the most attacking players, with Carles Gil playing off them.

For Villa, the decision was rewarded, with Kozak putting in a top class performance upfront.

He may not have scored - Joleon Lescott netted the only goal of the game - but the Czech striker was a dominating presence in the final third.

He won six aerial duels, completed three tackles, two dribbles, and managed two shots. His overall play showed passion and energy, two traits missing from Villa’s play this season, and he surely has to start again this weekend.

This is what Collymore wants to see, and he believes that Kozak and Ayew should be named as a partnership to see if they can strike up an effective pairing, rather than having Ayew in a more wide position.

Villa are still in a position of likely relegation, but the return of Kozak to the team could play a key role if Garde’s men are to have any chance of staying in the top flight this term.

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