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Aston Villa had a howler over Jonathan Kodjia

Despite Aston Villa struggling this season in the Premier League under Steven Gerrard, winning just once in their opening six matches, it’s a far sight better than where they were six years ago.

Villa were relegated at the end of the 2015/16 season following a defeat to Manchester United a month before the final day, and it marked the first time in 28 years that the club wouldn’t feature in the top flight.

There were genuine hopes that they could bounce back straight away, and following the announcement of Champions League-winning former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, it looked like it might be an excellent season.

The Italian soon splashed out on players such as Ross McCormack, James Chester, and Aaron Tshibola to try and ensure an immediate return to the top flight, but he was soon sacked and replaced by Steve Bruce as the Villans finished in 13th place.

In addition, the £15m signing of Jonathan Kodjia certainly raised eyebrows, and after 20 goals in 52 matches for Bristol City, he was expected to spearhead the Midlands club’s attack on promotion.

Kodjia had a promising start, scoring 19 goals in his first season at Villa Park, but that was to be the only high point of his spell in the Midlands.

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Ten goals over the next two campaigns saw the Ivorian fail to live up to his £15m transfer fee and it soon went from bad to worse. Dean Smith was appointed in October 2018 and the Ivorian soon slipped down the pecking order on his watch.

Villa were promoted back to the promised land for the 2019/20 season but Kodjia’s underwhelming spell was fast approaching, netting just twice in nine appearances that term before moving to Qatari side Al-Gharafa for a measly £2.7m, representing a loss of £12.3m on the player.

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Despite an encouraging start in the Midlands, it was a move which eventually turned sour; and having scored just 31 goals during his time with Villa, it cost the club £483k per goal.

Kodjia was dubbed “dreadful” during his third campaign in claret and blue, and although the club signed various players for big fees during their first couple of seasons out of the Premier League, the now 32-year-old may well go down as the biggest flop of them all.