Jonathan Kodjia would be a great fit for Leeds United next season if Aston Villa earn promotion

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa and Derby County manager Frank Lampard watch on during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Second Leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at...

Aston Villa and Leeds United played out two tasty affairs during the recently concluded Championship season.

Ahmed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion tackles Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa     during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final first leg match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich...

Only a few weeks ago, many were tipping Leeds United and Aston Villa to meet in a dream play-off final showdown at Wembley, but the Championship proved its worth and showcased yet more unpredictability. 

After that heartache against Derby County, Leeds will be preparing for next season and hoping to build a platform where they can push for promotion again next. 

One area Marcelo Bielsa's side struggled in was up top and putting the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis. Summer signing Patrick Bamford and versatile attacker Kemar Roofe weren't able to provide that cutting edge their team needed.


Come the summer, if Villa earn promotion to the Premier League then Leeds should target striker Jonathan Kodjia as a player that can provide them with the goals next season.

In his first season at Villa Park, Kodjia netted 19 league goals for the club [transfermarkt], but injuries throughout the previous campaign resulted in him struggling to prove his worth even further. 

Even this term, the 29-year-old has struggled for regular game time because of the form of Tammy Abraham and has had to play out of position, yet he has still netted nine league goals and in total 29 during his Villa Park career so far [transfermarkt].

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground on May 07, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Whilst some Leeds fans may be put off by Kodjia's recent form, a lengthy injury and playing out of position has contributed to that, but he can certainly produce the goods if given the chance up top next term. 

It won't be a surprise if Dean Smith decides to part ways with Kodjia if Villa earn promotion, and if he does then Leeds should pounce because he can provide that spark and finishing touch they have been looking for. 

The Ivory Coast international simply needs a regular run of games and if he is provided that then his all-round capabilities will result in him scoring regular goals in the Championship again. 

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on May 5, 2019 in...

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