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Aston Villa 2018-19 player preview: Albert Adomah

What role does Villa’s leading goal-scorer from last season have this year?

Middlesbrough v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg
MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Albert Adomah of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.
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If you had a bet on Albert Adomah to be Aston Villa’s leading scorer last season, congratulations on some nice winnings.

2017/18 was an interesting year for the Ghana winger. Adomah started the season off on the bench, second-choice at his preferred right wing behind Ahmed Elmohamady, and was only thrust into the team after the injury to André Green. That meant Adomah shifted out to the left wing, a position he quickly made his with a run of goals that carried Villa through the 2017 half of the season.

Yet Adomah fizzled some and fell out of form a bit down the stretch. While his high goal-scoring targets earlier in the season were unsustainable, surely no Villa fan expected Adomah to provide no goals or assists in the final 13 matches of the season.

Ultimately, Adomah’s role and place in this team will depend on where he’s utilized. With Green back to fitness and looking good in pre-season, a right wing spot in a 4-3-3 seems his most likely landing spot. But it’s not out of the question that Adomah could play up top in a 3-5-2, and particularly if Jack Grealish is sold, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Green shift to the middle of the pitch, vacating the left wing position where Adomah thrived last season. If a loan striker is brought in, though, Adomah may need to up his performances just to get on the pitch, with Jonathan Kodjia able to bump out to the wing to accommodate a new striker.