Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 31, 2015
The Villans have been incredibly busy this summer, seeing a number of players come and go as their total number of transactions both in and out combined passes the 20 mark.
Among the key departures are midfielder Fabian Delph and of course last season’s top scorer Christian Benteke, the Belgian international joining fellow Premier League side Liverpool.
Replacing the former Genk man adequately was one of Tim Sherwood’s toughest tasks this summer and he has looked towards the Championship for his man, former Blackburn ace Gestede.
The France-born Benin international has similar traits to Benteke – he is tall, incredibly powerful, capable with both feet and an agile mover for his 6ft 4inch frame.
Yet, there is one area where Villa’s new recruit betters his predecessor, and every other player in England for that matter, his ability to find the back of the net with his head.
19 - Rudy Gestede has scored more headed goals over the last two seasons than anyone in the top four tiers (19). Prowess.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 31, 2015
|Headed Goals||Headed Attempts||Aerial Duels Won||Aerial Duels Lost||Appearances|
As per Opta Stats, the former Cardiff City man has netted more headers than any other player over the past two seasons, his tally reaching a very credible 19.
Moreover, from last season’s data it becomes evident just how dominant he is in the air, winning far more of his aerial duels against defenders than he lost and totalling a tally of 65 attempts over the campaign.
While such stats should not prompt Sherwood to abandon a passing style for a more direct one, it should nonetheless see Villa attempt plenty of crosses and make the most of their set-piece situations.