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Libor Kozak was completely ineffective for Aston Villa v West Brom

Libor Kozak failed to have an impact for Aston Villa v West Brom.

Aston Villa held West Brom to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, having the better of the game but ending with a result that does little for their season.

Remi Garde has brought some sort of stability to the side, but goalscoring is still a massive issue, and they will struggle to win games whilst they falter in the final third.

Jordan Ayew looks impressive, and Carles Gil would do better with a good finisher alongside him, but the out-and-out striker options are poor.

Rudy Gestede started the season as first-choice, but Libor Kozak has been working his way back into the team in recent weeks, playing each of the last four games.

He has yet to score, and if he continues to perform in the same manner as he did v West Brom, that first goal of the season is not going to come.

Kozak was completely ineffective, failing to have a positive impact either offensively or defensively.

Statistically, the 26-year-old managed nothing of note during his time on the pitch.

  Total ShotsOn-Target ShotsKey PassesAccurate PassesPassing AccuracyAerials WonTouches
Libor Kozák 1 0 0 12 71% 1 23

Kozak managed just one shot in his 64 minute appearance, failing to hit the target. He played only 12 passes, with an accuracy of 71%, and did not play a single key pass.

He also only won one header, which given one of his strengths is his aerial ability, is very poor. Villa played more long balls than Villa, but Kozak failed to take advantage in the final third.

There is one week left in this transfer window, and if Garde has any sense, he will go out and sign a new striker to replace both Gestede and Kozak as soon as possible.

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