The Chalkboard: Villa should use diamond to accommodate Kodjia

Aston Villa have goals, they have a sensational midfield and they’ve also improved defensively.

However, despite a seven-match win streak, there is still one issue that is going under the radar in the Villa side.

Their wide players are incredibly inconsistent and the performances of Albert Adomah and Anwar El Ghazi in the first half against Rotherham in midweek displayed that.

However, with a change of formation, it’s a problem that can be resolved during Villa’s remaining games in the hunt for a play-off place.

Time to change

Villa have been brilliant in recent weeks but they were in danger of dropping points against the Millers last Wednesday night.

But the introduction of Jonathan Kodjia helped change the game, as he showed glimpses of his former self, scoring from the penalty spot and making himself a nuisance for defenders.

He’s a player that scored 19 goals during the 2016/17 season but unfortunately for Villa, has struggled since. However, this could be his time to flourish alongside Tammy Abraham in a two man attack.

Considering Villa’s wingers haven’t been particularly amazing this season there is a sense that they wouldn’t lose too much without them.

The fact most of their play comes through the likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn too says they’d be better off playing a narrower system. It may also allow Henri Lansbury to come out of the Villa wilderness.

El Ghazi has scored just one goal in his last 20 matches. Adomah, meanwhile, only has three goals in all competitions this term. It’s something which only shows why change is needed.

Although in such impressive form, Dean Smith cannot afford for performances to drop off going into the final weeks of the campaign.

A triangle of Abraham, Kodjia and Grealish could be extremely effective. It’s now time for the manager to put it to use.