Steve Bruce comments on Aston Villa attacker Jonathan Kodjia

Steve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on September 14, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia worked well in tandem with Tammy Abraham last night.

Steve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on September 14, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce has admitted to BBC West Midlands Sport that Jonathan Kodjia can be a difficult player to manage, but he has a good level of flamboyancy.

Kodjia was selected to start up-front with Tammy Abraham for Villa last night, and the strike-pairing showed signs of promise.

Bruce admits that Kodjia is a player who can be a soloist at times, but the Villa boss suggests that he is also a threat.

 

Bruce said: “Jon’s an individualist. He pleases the crowd and then he sends you mad with one that he tries to do round the back of his legs. He’s very difficult, but also he can play on the side, which we can bear in mind as well.”

Kodjia has been in good form for Villa this season, and has arguably been their most potent attacking weapon.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on August 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Bruce suggested last night that he has always wanted to play two up-front for Villa, but he has only just had the players available to do so.

Villa have been short of attacking options this season, with Scott Hogan picking up an injury.

But Abraham and Kodjia look to be a partnership which could cause serious damage at Championship level.

Villa are currently in sixth place in the table, with their next match coming against Sheffield Wednesday.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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