Lee Hendrie questions Aston Villa attacking duo

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa talks to Jack Grealish during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa  at The Valley on July 27, 2019 in London,...

Aston Villa will be looking to put their first points on the board when they play their second home game of the season on Friday night.

Wesley of Aston Villa and Nathan Ake of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth  at Villa Park on August 17, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Lee Hendrie has questioned whether Wesley or Jonathan Kodjia are good enough to produce the goods for Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Dean Smith's side have lost their opening two matches of the season - with £22 million summer signing Wesley [Guardian], yet to get off the mark. 


Whilst Wesley has started Villa's first two games, Kodjia, who was signed in 2016 for £15 million [BBC Sport], has only made one substitute appearance from the bench. 

Speaking to Football Daily, former Villa midfielder Hendrie raised concerns about Villa's qualities in the attacking third and the options they have at their disposal.  

"Going back to Tammy Abraham, how good he was for us last season," Hendrie told Football Daily. "Then bringing in the new guy in Wesley. He's a different mould of player. And I feel that's where they are going to fall short. 

Former footballer Lee Hendrie is interviewed by Dion Dublin before the FA Cup Second Round match between Solihull Moors and Blackpool at Damson Park Stadium on November 30, 2018 in...

"I feel defensively very good. Fantastic keeper in Heaton, Mings at the back, he's solid, but centre-forward wise, I just have a big, big question mark. I just don't know who else they can bring on. 

"They've got Kodjia, is he Premier League? Again question mark. I just felt that if they had gone out and spent £30 million on someone who is prolific and known in the Premier League that would have given them more of a chance. The more the games go on. Everton will be a tough fixture on Friday - the games are coming thick & fast and they need a result." 

Despite those two defeats, there is still an air of confidence amongst the Villa supporters, but they will be well aware that the points need to be put on the board just to relax the players.

Dean Smith's side face a pretty tough test against Everton on Friday night, with Marco Silva's side picking up four points from their first two matches. 

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa celebrates victory in the penalty shoot out after the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston...

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