Kodjia; I don’t see it

It would appear we’ve missed out on the seeming number one target striker that was Abel Hernandez and we’ve signed the Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia.

You guys are already all over the story; that’s clear.
But I seriously worry about this signing and it strikes me as a bit of a panic signing.

I’ve hinted at it before, but I’m now convinced;
I believe Tony Xia is the person who is signing the players and it’s worrying.

Perhaps I’m reading it all wrong, but I’ve looked at the player’s record and it really isn’t anything special, last season apart.
That said, I wasn’t particularly convinced by Abel Hernandez either, especially when you look at the fees and more importantly, the wages being asked for.

Whatever, we’ve got Kodjia, but the wages, again, worry me.
If he doesn’t perform, how long will it be before the dough he’s on comes out and we all call him the next N’Zog?
You can guarantee the only way we’ve got him is to out-pay anyone else after all.

Of course, you have to take a risk, just as we did with Benteke, but my opinion says the Belgian had the stats behind him, even though there was some remote link to him having been involved in some car crime, which is why we got him cheap.

Whatever, I hope Jonathan proves to be the mutts for us, but I honestly don’t see it and it strikes me as a signing for signing’s sake, purely because Tony Xia wants to keep some sort of ball rolling and couldn’t get Hernandez.

As for anyone who says keep Kozak; you must be joking. He’s a proven failure and Kodjia couldn’t possibly be any worse.
Or could he?

I’m sorry, but I don’t see a striker from Bristol City being our solution, even though they beat us the other day.
I refuse to believe buying players from this sort of club is the answer. And no, it’s not about refusing to see the level we’re at.
It’s about real ambition.

And where Tony Xia talked about a world class striker, well I’m sorry but he’s failed big time here.


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  1. giddyvillan
    giddyvillan August 31, 2016 at 5:57 pm . Reply

    I’ll be posting a comment on behalf of Aston villa news & views when the death notice appears in the Kidderminster shuttle tomorrow on behalf of everyone connected with the site if that’s OK with the owners & users.

  2. badger123
    badger123 August 31, 2016 at 6:24 pm . Reply

    Yes, of course mate, no problem.

  3. pat57
    pat57 August 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm . Reply

    Giddy let us know if they’re sponsoring a charity. I’m sure a few of us would like to put our hands in our pockets for this one.

    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan August 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm . Reply

      Cheers Badger & yes pat I’ll know more tomorrow when this week’s edition of the shuttle comes out mate.

  4. Dave.C
    Dave.C August 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm . Reply

    Just back to the transfers if that’s ok. Who’s had the better of the Adomah/Traore deal, us or boro? And did we have to pay or was it a straight swap?

    1. Dave67
      Dave67 August 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm . Reply

      Very sad to hear about that young Villa fan pass away RIP.

      I think we got the better deal, we got rid of the sick note he will probably be out for must of the season . As for the money I do not know.

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 1, 2016 at 12:41 am . Reply

      Traore could potentially have been our greatest ever player but will always will be injured or not bothered. Adomah sounds like another Ayew needing 4-5 chances to get one. The type of guy who could beat 6 players round the keeper and score a wonder goal then live on that for the next ten games and do sod all else.

  5. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson August 31, 2016 at 9:56 pm . Reply

    Shit Reading wanted Gabby and he turned them down, what a plonker.

    1. steve
      steve August 31, 2016 at 10:02 pm . Reply

      if gabby had anything about him he would have gone on loan and proved to the management that he deserves a place in the villa team.
      instead he has demonstrated that he just wants to pick up his money.
      I would make sure he plays in every reserve game this year but he will injured.
      absolute tosser.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 August 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm . Reply

        But that’s the problem Steve – he hasn’t and that lot what previously owned us gave him a four year contract!

        Watch ‘NZog the Sequel’ – a terrifying horror story showing locally – panned by critics and expected to be an expensive flop.

        1. saddened
          saddened August 31, 2016 at 10:22 pm . Reply

          He is an absolute disgrace, sitting on his fat arse waiting for his pay cheque, without an ounce of respect for the club, fans or himself.
          He may have been a bit fast a few years ago, but his goal to games ratio is shocking and he couldn’t score in a brothel.

          1. OriginalLondonLion
            OriginalLondonLion August 31, 2016 at 10:57 pm . Reply

            Sorry to contradict you but he could, and did, according to the gutter press.

      2. jvillan
        jvillan August 31, 2016 at 10:22 pm . Reply

        double training sessions from now to xmas,bring him saturdays sundays, make a loan seem good move

      3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath September 1, 2016 at 12:44 am . Reply

        Tbf it works both ways. I know his ex vaguely and she told me years ago that he’s a Villa boy through and through and would never leave us for another club. This was when he was half decent and Arsenal and a few others were looking at him.

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath September 1, 2016 at 12:42 am . Reply

      Just as well IV a feeling we may need him at some point

  6. pat57
    pat57 August 31, 2016 at 10:11 pm . Reply

    So is that it do you think? If it is I must say that I’m very happy with the players we’ve brought in. Been the best window in yonks.

    Now to win a few games (I hope)


    1. Dave67
      Dave67 August 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm . Reply

      Yes very happy with this transfer window , now up to you RDM and let’s take this fabulous club back up where it should be.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath September 1, 2016 at 12:45 am . Reply

        I’m actually quite happy with window but Gollini has to be dropped for awhile

        1. giddyvillan
          giddyvillan September 1, 2016 at 6:25 am . Reply

          Really????? Lol

    2. pat57
      pat57 August 31, 2016 at 10:23 pm . Reply

      To answer my own question Dr. Tony has tweeted –

      ‘We’re done this window. Nothing can be perfect as we tried2 more. But we achieved our early plan!Great work by the whole new team! #UTV’

      Well he’s put his money where he mouth is. If we’d have gotten any more I’d have felt we were just being greedy 🙂

      Can’t wait to see Kodjia and McCormack play up front with Adomah supplying the crosses.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath September 1, 2016 at 12:46 am . Reply

        Anyone know what our net spend is

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