Jonathan Kodjia has strong message for Villa fans

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia in action with Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles

Aston Villa were expected to make a strong push for promotion this season, but they have struggled to to gain any kind of positive momentum so far.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goalAston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates with team mates after scoring 

Aston Villa summer recruit Jonathan Kodjia discussed the fantastic support given to his team by the Villa Park faithful, during an exclusive interview with the Birmingham Mail.

The Ivory Coast international made his £10.6 million move to Villa from Bristol City in the summer, and has gone on to score three goals in eight outings for the Villans thus far.

The Midlands outfit have endured an abysmal start to life in the Championship, initially under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo, until his dismissal at the start of this month.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia scores his sides first goal from the penalty spotAston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia scores from the penalty spot

They currently sit in 17th position in the table, after a woeful return of just two victories in 13 league outings, but Kodjia, 26, praised the support of the fans and how they have stuck by their team, when speaking to the Birmingham Mail:

“The team will work hard to play better and hopefully we can reward the fans soon. This is a difficult moment for the team but the support we have here is amazing, it’s really good, both home and away. The fans are so important for the team. If there are no fans, there is no team.”

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia clashes with Nottingham Forest's Daniel FoxAston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia 

With Steve Bruce now at the helm, Villa should be in a far stronger position to make a sustained charge up the table, what with his wealth of experience at this level.

Next up for Villa is a home game against Fulham before they make the short trip to St Andrews to take on Birmingham City in what will be one of the most important Midlands derby games in a long time.

Aston Villa manager Steve BruceAston Villa manager Steve Bruce

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