Cardiff away next then and what to think?
The bad news is that it seems Kodjia won’t be able to play, as the Ivory coast won’t allow him to join them late.
To be honest, I don’t have a problem with that.
The player is committed to his country and I admire him for it.
Given that the club apparently offered a private flight, so he’d only arrive a few hours late, it seems a bit petty.
But I guess the argument would be “what if he were to get injured against Cardiff?”
And it’s a fair point.
Hence I don’t feel we can moan too much. Them’s the rules, after all.
But it’s a right royal pain and he’s going to be a massive loss, more so because I worry about where our fire power is going to come from.
Here’s a list of our goalscorers and when you take Kodjia out, it doesn’t make for great reading;
Player LG LC Total
Jonathan Kodjia 9 0 9
Rudy Gestede 4 0 4
Jack Grealish 3 0 3
J Ayew 2 1 3
Ross McCormack 3 0 3
Albert Adomah 1 0 1
Leandro Bacuna 1 0 1
Nathan Baker 1 0 1
Gary Gardner 1 0 1
Aaron Tshibola 1 0 1
Gestede can be forgiven somewhat, as he hasn’t featured that much, but it’s looking increasingly likely that he’s off to Boro and probably won’t play tomorrow.
Grealish isn’t an out and out striker, so we can discount him.
Ayew has been allowed to stay for tomorrow’s game, but I wonder if this is more about giving him time to sort a deal with Swansea?
That’s a bit of a wild guess on my part, but stranger things have happened.
Kozak’s a goner and Bruce seems reluctant to introduce Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
Which basically leaves us with Ross McCormack, whose return has been poor to say the least.
Or Gabby, who, well…..
Maybe now you understand my concern.
On the plus side, McCormack has often been a late starter, who goes on runs in the back half of the season.
But he doesn’t look fully match fit, does he?
Well, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying he shouldn’t even be at the club, let alone starting.
So considering we’re supposed to have an abundance of strikers, I’m not seeing it myself.
So if we go with two up front, it’s going to be Gabby and McCormack.
If it’s a one, it’ll be Gabby. Which is scary.
So maybe a three? With Gabby, McCormack and Adomah?
The midfield will probably remain as per the Leeds game, seeing as Westwood played a blinder(!), although if Tshibola doesn’t get a look in you have to think his days are numbered, regardless of what the manager says about him.
The defence and Goalie likewise picks itself.
So it’s all about who is going to step up and score in Kodjia’s place?
We beat Cardiff 3-1 at home, but they were on top for long periods, so tomorrow certainly isn’t going to be easy and even given Cardiff’s lowly standing in the league, I don’t think we can count on a win here.
Any Warnock team will try to bully us and I think it’ll give them an edge.
Couple that with the fact I worry about where the goals will come from and it has to be a draw for me.
Which frankly won’t be good enough.