Three reasons Aston Villa should target Ulloa to replace the injured Kodjia

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce confirmed after his side’s 2-1 win against Sunderland at Villa Park on Tuesday night that striker Jonathan Kodjia could again be missing for a number of months as he is due to undergo surgery on his ankle.

The 28-year-old has already missed five months of football in 2017 after breaking his ankle back in April, and now he appears to have suffered a recurrence of the problem while on international duty with the Ivory Coast earlier this month.

While Villa moved up to fourth position in the Championship with the victory against the Mackems, the news will certainly be concerning considering the centre-forward was their top goalscorer last term, as well as the fact that attacking teammates Scott Hogan and Gabby Agbonlahor are also absent through injury and Ross McCormack is on loan with Melbourne City.

It means that Bruce is likely to look to bring a centre-forward to the club during the January transfer window to help young Keinan Davis out, and signing out-of-favour Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Villa should target the 31-year-old to replace Kodjia in the New Year…

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