Aston Villa have endured a woeful start to the Premier League season, winning just one of their first 16 games and they continue to sit rock bottom of the Premier League with a lowly six points.
The Villans are struggling in all areas of the pitch and are surely eagerly eyeing up the January transfer to possibly bring in some much-needed reinforcements into the club. Several reports suggest that the midlands side are looking to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, who has continued his goal scoring form in the Championship this season - notching two against top side Brighton on Tuesday night.
However, Remi Garde and his club must consider using players from their own squad before venturing into the risky January transfer market.
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Former Lazio striker Libor Kozak has been performing admirably in the U-21 league and has been knocking on the door for a first team appearance. How long can his positive performances be ignored for?
Libor Kozak deserves a chance
The Czech Republic striker was signed by the club in 2013 from Lazio for €6.5 million, after he announced his credentials to the world spectacularly by becoming the top scorer in the Europa league that season. The striker’s arrival at the club was met with a lot of excitement, and he was an instant hit at Villa, scoring four times in his first 14 appearances
However, he suffered a horrendous leg injury in early January of 2014 after a training ground collision with teammate Ciaran Clark.
Kozak missed a lengthy 15 months due to the leg break, with many fearing that he would be yet another promising talent ruined by injury. However, the towering striker came back with a bang, scoring four times in his last four games for the Villa U-21 side.
His recent performances definitely pose a question to Garde’s current team selection. The current strike force of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew have collectively scored only seven times for Villa in the league this season. Agbonlahor, in particular, has been struggling to adapt his game according to his new teammates and is yet to open his account.
Interest from Celtic
The 6’3’ Kozak has caught the attention of Scottish champions Celtic with his recent showings in the U-21 team, and a move could well be on the cards due to his current situation at Villa. The striker’s contract with his current club is due to end in six months, which forces them to make a decision concerning his future immediately.
Amidst the crisis at the club, it would be interesting to see whether Kozak will be given a chance in Garde’s team when Villa next take to the pitch.
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