A lot of has been made of Jonathan Kodjia’s absence at the African Cup of Nations, which was ultimately cut short as his Ivory Coast national team crashed and burned in the group stages. After starting the Elephants opening game of the tournament, he was benched for the following two games.
Yet, Aston Villa have another representative in Gabon and he’s quieting gone about his business and fired Ghana into the tournament’s semi-finals.
Nobody has really missed Ayew, but today he scored the opener for the Avram Grant managed Black Stars as they went onto to beat DR Congo 2-1, with his brother Andre scoring a late winner from the penalty spot.
While Kodjia maybe back for Villa’s away trip to Brentford, Ayew’s African adventure continues on.
Ayew Going in Jan?
In terms of the January transfer window Jordan Ayew’s position is perhaps the most interesting. With an uncertain future leading many to feel his time is over. The fact that he’s had to half his wages in the Championship and promotion back to the Premier League looks unlikely at this point, there’s no doubt Ayew will also be looking to move on.
Will Ghana continuing in the AFCON make it harder for Ayew to move on now? Defeat and he would have been back on the ground in the UK to perhaps make any move away from Villa Park that much easier.
In a recent meeting MOMS had with Steve Bruce, the Villa had suggested that Birkir Bjarnason coming to the club would add pressure on the Ghanaian international.
At the same meeting, Bruce did suggest he had a preference for going 4-4-2 in the Championship, so maybe if Ayew pulls his shorts up and focuses, he could play up top alongside Kodjia?
The player’s selfish streak though throws up questions of him being an ideal partner. Still judging by the goal above, he could still have a role to play, as the Championship games do come thick and fast and Bruce will need options to keep his team fresh.
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