‘Kodjia just managed a single assist for Villa last season’
In the final analysis of Aston Villa’s last game against Bolton before the international break, it didn’t matter that Jonathan Kodjia failed to square the ball to his teammate Albert Adomah, who was faced with an open goal.
Moments later, Kodjia won and converted the winning penalty. Job done.
Yet, that penalty perhaps saved the Villa striker from the wrath of more than just his Villa captain. John Terry had made a point of running half the length of the pitch to give him Kodjia a bollocking about not passing to his teammate. Not doing so could have been costly.
It wasn’t the first time in the Bolton game that Kodjia had elected to shoot, when a better option presented itself.
It’s a situation that was also all too familiar last season.
Some supporters understandably point to Kodjia’s 19 goals last season, but one player’s goals doesn’t make a successful team. Villa finished in the lower half of the league, just as Bristol City did the season before (18th), when Kodjia also scored 19 goals for them.
The more telling statistic is Kodjia just managed a single assist for Villa last season.
For Bristol, he managed just three (he played six more games in the 2015/16 season than he did with Villa the following season).
In way of comparison, in the 2015/16 season, Ross McCormack scored 21 goals, yet managed to notch up nine assists.
Despite the Ivory Coast striker’s undoubted talent, it’s obvious that Premier League clubs haven’t been too impressed with his selfishness, as if he was a more complete player, he surely would be plying his trade in the top English tier by now.
This season isn’t about how many goals Kodjia will score, but whether Villa will get promoted.
Kodjia will need to score plenty of goals to help make this happen, but to be his most helpful he must be an intrinsic part of the team and help make Villa more dynamic going forward, rather than being the limited one-trick pony of last season.
Old habits seemingly die hard though.
The conundrum with Kodjia is his selfishness could compromise Villa’s promotion push, while a more astute version of him, would potentially fire us to automatic promotion.
The issue of Kodjia is one of main topics discussed in the latest episode of the MOMS podcast:
Rest of the Show
The rest of episode 30 brings us up to date with Villa, after they were the top form team for the month of September.
As well as discussing Kodjia, the podcast looks at dodgy referees, Bradford City nightmares and Villa being a breeding ground for bizarre and unlikely top level left-backs
In the final third of the show, get ready for a podcast within a podcast. If Villa’s 1-0 win against Bolton under Bruce was a bit boring, we fire up the laughs by going back to 2009 to sample what this podcast would sound like discussing the more exciting 5-1 win vs Bolton, when Martin O’Neill was manager.
There’s also Negatron expressing his disappointment after 11 games into the season and also Twitter With Tony.
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Podcast Episode 30 features:
David Michael – @oldmansaid
Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr
My Old Man Said – http://www.myoldmansaid.com
Villa Underground – http://www.villaunderground.com
Producer – David Michael
Voices – Dan Rodgers
Portal Gun – Rick Sanchez