Jonathan Kodjia hasn’t played for Aston Villa in close to two months.
Aston Villa fans on Twitter are calling on manager Dean Smith to use Jonathan Kodjia this weekend, if he’s fit.
The Ivorian attacker, a £15 million signing by Villa in 2016 [ESPN], hasn’t kicked a ball under Smith since August but a cheekbone injury has made him unavailable in recent weeks.
But The Birmingham Mail reported that he could be back for Saturday’s trip to Norwich City.
Big-money signing Wesley had another poor game in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, cutting an isolated and frustrated figure as the spearhead in Aston Villa’s attack.
And fans of the West Midlands club want to see the forgotten striker back in the first XI if he’s ready.
FFS kodjia better than donkey boy wesley— Ashley Horton (@AGHorton86) September 28, 2019
Kodjia in for Wesley when hes fit? #avfc— Sam Hands (@Samhands1) September 29, 2019
Kodjia needs to start next game. Just need someone who has a bit more confidence in front of goal. Wes and Davis a bit unsure of themselves. Need a bit more movement and guile on ball upfront #avfc #superhero— Kaza (@pkaza84) September 28, 2019
I think kodjia once fit could be a big difference— james avfc (@jamesgr76875698) September 29, 2019
Kodjia back in to the starting 11 next week if available?? #avfc— Robert Gibbons (@robgibb01) September 29, 2019
Call me crazy but Kodjia being fit could be the spark we need #avfc— Kieran Hughes (@el_hughesyo) September 28, 2019
I wouldn’t risk it, get Kodjia or Davis on #AVFC— . (@Wrxxthchild) September 28, 2019
I wonder if Kodjia will be given a chance , surely he can’t do any worse than Wesley is at the moment ♂️— maurice newton (@villamozz) September 29, 2019
Need kodjia back big time. Wesley needs time— Kieran Lloyd (@LloydKie) September 28, 2019
It’s fair to say that Wesley probably does need a rest.
The £22 million Brazilian hasn’t taken the Premier League by storm as of yet, netting twice in seven outings, and it’ll take time.
Kodjia, on the other hand, has been a successful import to English football over the past three years and although he is untested in the top flight, there’s reasons to believe that he could fare better than Wesley at the moment.