Libor Kozak is making the headlines, not necessarily front page material but his recent goal against Brighton in the U21’s hasn’t gone unnoticed. Whilst Villa’s other strikers aren’t firing, Kozak had a good performance against Brighton, hitting the crossbar with a headed attempt. Before scoring the winning penalty late on in the game. During that game Ilori and Crespo both played 90 minutes.
So should Kozak be playing? I’d say yes. I’m a big fan of the Czech, despite the fact he has played fewer than 20 games since joining Villa in 2013. Throughout 2013-14 he scored 4 goals, against Norwich, Southampton, Cardiff and Stoke City. But besides that history, Kozak did score 3 goals in pre-season and was one of our inform strikers coming into the campaign. It has been clear that Sherwood did want to offload Kozak, since he failed to make the match day squad on many occasions. His only appearance so far this season has been a substitute appearance against Notts County in the League Cup. But the reason why I want him to play is because he is experienced and has a record of scoring goals. He was Europa League’s top scorer back in 2012-13.
But what about negatives? Some claim that it’s easy to say that Kozak should be playing, especially since we’re not seeing him play. As opposed to the players we are seeing playing. Kozak’s 3 pre-season goals did come in meaningless friendlies. Whilst Gestede got 22 against similar opposition last season. Perhaps we should manage our expectations towards Kozak.
It’s a valid argument, but as things stand. We really don’t have much of a choice. Gestede is our only goal scoring forward, but he really hasn’t set the League alight has he?
Away from Kozak. Ilori and Crespo might feature soon for Villa. Ilori is apparently a very fast defender and might slot in for Bacuna at right-back, who hasn’t necessarily played too well in the past few games. Or perhaps Crespo will be given a chance out wide on the right hand side. All we know is that the defence needs to be rethought because we can’t be conceding 3 goals in less than 30 minutes.