The so far reported in’s and out’s of Aston Villa’s deadline day dealings.
Libor Kozák – From Lazio
We knew there would be some Villa business done today, but a striker? An attacking-midfielder was the top of the shopping list, if Villa were to buy just one more player, so the Czech centre-forward’s name was a bit of a surprise. With the traditional centre-forward attributes of the 6 ft 3 player, it’ll be interesting to see how he features in Paul Lambert’s plans.
Kozák doesn’t have the guile or skill set to replace either Gabriel Agbonlahor or Andreas Weimann in the wider forward roles in Lambert’s currently favoured 4-3-3. So where? Alongside Benteke in a front two? With wider midfielders to provide the deliveries? What about Helenius? Does Kozák coming in mean Lambert has one-eye on Benteke’s potential exit next year, if the Champion’s League clubs come knocking? The plot thickens.
Lets just hope he has a bit more to offer than the last Czech forward to grace Villa Park – Mr Milan Baros.