Reports emanating from the Bristol Post suggest that The Robins have spread their wings and splashed out on French striker Jonathan Kodija to the tune of €3m/£2.1m. This news of a confirmed signature comes on the back of news that the Bristolians were interested in the French/Ivorian forward as written about here on The72 by Josh Dixon.
25-year old Kodija, born in Saint-Denis, was only a recent signing for the club he is leaving, SCO Angers, in France’s Ligue 2 competition. It is his performances last season for Angers that have likely caught the eye of Bristol City, performances that say the youngster score 15 goals and provide two assists with the goals coming at the rate of a goal per 154 minutes. At this scoring rate, should Kodija be able to maintain it consistently, then Bristol City will be potentially looking at a striker capable of marking 20+ goals a season – a full season would potentially see him score around 26 goals.
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is excited to sign Kodija saying,
“We’re very pleased Jonathan has decided to join us because there has been lots of interest in him in the past year. He was voted Player of the Year in the French second division last season and has an excellent goals-to-game ratio (15 in 29 appearances in 2014/15). He’s a good age, has great pace, has scored some fantastic goals, and more importantly will fit into the young group we already have. We’ve kept an eye on him for the last 12 months, so it’s great we’ve been able to get him on board.” Steve Cotterill – Bristol Post July 20, 2015
With an injury to Kieran Agard keeping the once-Leeds United target out of the Bristol City side, The Robins have taken this opportunity to sign a player that they had tracked and shadowed for the past 12 months.
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