According to the Birmingham Mail, Everton are interested in signing Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia – but he must show a more unselfish side to his game first.
One of the major problems for manager Ronald Koeman is that his side are struggling to score goals, having notched just four Premier League goals since selling top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.
Everton must sign a new striker in January, and the Birmingham Mail report that Everton have been watching Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia ahead of a possible bid for the forward in 2018.
Kodjia's goalscoring record for Villa speaks for itself; since signing from Bristol City in August 2016, Kodjia has found the net 20 times in 41 games, cementing himself as one of the top strikers in the Championship.
Whilst Kodjia possesses the pace, power, skill and finishing ability to be a major success in the Premier League, he must show one thing in order for Everton to firm up their interest – improved team work.
Villa fans love Kodjia, but their one criticism of the 27-year-old is that he is simply too selfish at times, making poor decisions in the final third as a result, such as in the 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers earlier this season, where he decided to take an unsuccessful shot at goal rather than simply pass the ball across for a team-mate to tap into the net.
Kodjia's exceptional goal record does afford him some selfishness, much like Harry Kane at Tottenham, where his finishing ability makes taking a shot at goal the best option more often than not.
However, under Koeman at Everton, he would be expected to lead the line on his own and bring others – such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin – into play, rather than squandering possession trying to do everything on his own, particularly away from home.
Before the January transfer window, Everton may need to see more unselfish play from Kodjia given the role strikers play under Koeman, otherwise they may end up looking elsewhere, leaving the Ivorian in the Championship.