Bought for just under £11m from Bristol City, Jonathan Kodjia hasn’t exactly set the world alight at Aston Villa so far this season.
One goal and one assist in 10 Championship appearances are yet to to justify the fee paid by the Midlands club to Bristol, but the season is long, and there’s plenty of time left for him to find the back of the net consistently.
That is, at least, what he is doing with the Ivory Coast, earning his third and fourth caps over the course of the two last international breaks, scoring in both games along the way.
This means the 26-year-old already has three goals in four caps for his national team, having made his debut back in May whilst with Bristol, and his performances have earned him a new nickname from the Ivory Coast fans: “JOKO”
Speaking to @[email protected] in an interview about his international career, the striker was told of the affinity supporters already have for him, something he appreciated greatly.
He said: “JOKO? I like it. It’s true that my brothers and a few of my friends call me ‘Jimmy Danger’, but ‘JOKO’, that’s good too. I really like it.”
So there you go, Aston Villa fans. With Steve Bruce now in charge, and Jonathan Kodjia with a new nickname he’ll undoubtedly appreciate you using in the future.
We’re sure you can come up with a chant with ‘JOKO’ in it.