Aston Villa fans have been reacting on Twitter to the latest comments from Dean Smith over Jonathan Kodjia’s Villa Park exit.
This comes after Villa fan Twitter account @villareport shared a post on their page relaying Smith’s quotes that were originally published in Birmingham Live that Kodjia “wasn’t up to the standard” to play in the Premier League.
Was Jonathan Kodjia good enough for the Premier League?
This post then gathered a lot of replies from Villa fans who were eager to share their thoughts on Smith’s assessment of Kodjia.
Here’s a sample of Villa fans responding to the post:
Deano finally showing some ruthlessness
— Niall (@NiallBowes) January 20, 2020
Sums up my view as well. Lazy and selfish average championship player at best. Dean shouldn’t have to say why he has gone.
— Dave Cartwright (@DaveCavfc) January 20, 2020
???????? lazy, stroppy and greedy. Ain’t done it for 3 years now, average championship player at best now, glad to see the back of him
— Conor Rooney (@ConRon94) January 20, 2020
It was announced on Monday that Kodjia had left Villa and joined Qatar-based club Al Gharafa on a two-and-a-half-year contract (per AVFC). Now that Smith has revealed that Kodjia was sold because he wasn’t up to the right fitness level to play in the top tier of English football, a lot of Villa fans have been discussing this latest revelation.
Brutal but if that’s to be believed it cannot bode well for the likes of Trezeguet, Lansbury etc.
Kodjia wasn’t up to it but in that case there are plenty of players in our squad – including some of the recent signings – that aren’t either.
— ??.ten (@LH__ten) January 21, 2020
A player obviously lacking in character if he couldn’t motivate himself to get up to scratch for Premier League football. Unlikely he’ll ever get the chance to play at that level again. Shame
— Daniel Delaney (@danieldelaney88) January 20, 2020
— Bradley. (@ItsbradleyC) January 20, 2020
What do we think?
The honesty and bluntness from Smith give the impression that he had an issue with Kodjia throughout the season. This could be why the striker only played 111 minutes of Premier League football across six appearances (per Transfermarkt). Now that Kodjia has left the club, Smith will now be focusing on his current squad and getting results for Villa.