Jonathan Kodjia reflects on his first season with Aston Villa

General view before the game - Villa Park

Jonathan Kodjia enjoyed a highly promising first year with Aston Villa.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates scoring their first goalAston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia

Jonathan Kodjia has told Aston Villa's official website that he was generally pleased with his form from his first year with the Villans, but did express one slight disappointment regarding his personal contribution.

Kodjia arrived from Bristol City with a major point to prove, with the Villans spending an initial £11 million in a deal that could cost the club £15 million (via Guardian).

But he certainly managed to impress, scoring 19 times in 36 Championship games to finish well clear at the top of the team's goalscoring charts. 

However, a knee injury brought a premature end to his season, and he expressed that the problem denied him a personal milestone that would have left him even more satisfied with his season.

“I have been happy with my form for Aston Villa," he told the club's official website.

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia celebrates after scoring their first goal

“I would have obviously wanted the 20-goal milestone but I still feel it was a good season for me.

“I feel I contributed to the good of the team – that’s all that matters in team sport, that you give something to the collective."

With the club's official website confirming that he is continuing to battle the knee injury that he sustained towards the end of the season, Steve Bruce will be hoping that the lengthy period on the sidelines does not have too negative an impact on his form upon his return as he will undoubtedly be an important player for the side.

General view before the game - Villa Park

Villa recovered from a slow start to, at one stage, move onto the very periphery of the play-off picture, so they will know how important flying out of the blocks will be next term if they hope to avoid playing catch-up.

And getting Kodjia back as quickly as possible will be crucial to their hopes of keeping up with the pace-setters in the early stages next term. 

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