Even injury crisis won't make Aston Villa regret releasing Crewe's Jordan Bowery

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

The striker has endured a horrific season and is in danger of dropping out of the Football League - five years after signing for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring their first goal

With injury robbing Aston Villa of all but one of their senior centre-forwards, it’s a relief that Jonathan Kodjia has discovered a prolific purple patch. The Ivorian netted both goals as Steve Bruce’s side made it four wins from five matches against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, meaning the absence of Scott Hogan, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has not quite had the destabilising effect many anticipated.

Yet, with the fixture list typically crowded heading into the final few weeks of the season, Bruce could be forgiven for wishing the emergency loan window had not been scrapped by the foresight-lacking FA. He was forced to field three academy players on the bench against Wednesday, with Keinan Davis enjoying a late run out against the ten-man opponents.

Although it would perhaps be a stretch to far to suggest that Villa regret releasing a striker who managed no goals in 22 games for the club between 2012 and 2014. Jordan Bowery arrived in the Midlands on the same day as Christian Benteke five years ago but, while the Belgian remains a Premier League regular with Crystal Palace, the former Chesterfield striker has slipped down the divisions.

Jordan Bowery of Aston Villa (L) and Robert Huth of Stoke City in action

His contract terminated after six goals in 18 months at Rotherham, Bowery’s career has gone full circle. He arrived from League Two as a precocious youngster and now, at the age of 25, is attempting to keep Crewe in the Football League.

They are just seven points above the drop zone though Bowery’s tally of none in ten is hardly helping their cause. Ironically, he arrived Crewe on a January loan deal from Leyton Orient (below), the club two places below them and in danger of the relegation/liquidation double whammy.

Leyton Orientls Jordan Bowery celebrates scoring their second goal

In total, he’s scored one in 30 all season.

Still, that’s more than Gabby Agbonlahor.

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