Aston Villa new boy Rudy Gestede praises Tim Sherwood's management skills

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The 26-year-old striker has hailed his new boss' honesty, passion and commitment.

Aston Villa new boy Rudy Gestede has told AVTV of his excitement at the chance to play for Tim Sherwood.

Gestede joined Villa from Blackburn Rovers last week for a reported £6 million fee, having scored 35 times in 72 games across all competitions during his 18-month stint at the Championship club.

The 26-year-old striker has had a brief taste of the top-flight before with Cardiff City during the 2013-14 campaign, but he managed just three goalless substitute appearances before making a mid-season switch to Ewood Park.

Nevertheless, after a 22-goal season back in the second tier, the 6ft 4in forward insists he is now much better prepared for the Premier League and, in Sherwood, believes he has the perfect manager to help him become a hit at Villa.

“He’s honest and straight,” the Benin international said of his new boss. “He has a lot of passion and commitment and that’s what you need as player.

“You know you’re going to work for your manager because he’s behind you and you’re going to make sure you give the best on the pitch for the team, the club and the fans.

“It’s good to have a manger like him in the team to make sure the passion and fighting spirit is there – all the best attributes of the English mindset.”

 2014-15 Championship PositionTeamGoalsGoals MINSTotal ShotsShooting AccuracyAssistsTotal Key PassesHeaders WonHeader SuccessAppearancesMins Played
Rudy Gestede FW Blackburn 20 135.25 120 36% 4 45 359 59% 39 2,705

Known for his outstanding aerial presence, Gestede looks set to get the first shot at replacing the prolific Christian Benteke, who made a £32.5 million move to Liverpool last month after netting 12 goals in his final 13 appearances under Sherwood’s stewardship last season.

However, Villa are also reported to be closing in on a loan deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor [h/t Daily Mail], who himself scored 14 times in 24 games while playing for the then-Spurs head coach over the second half of the 2013-14 campaign.

Unlike his potential future teammate, the Togo international has an impressive Premier League résumé to his name, although his recent struggles suggest that he might well be past his best at this point.

Regardless, whether through his coaching or man-management skills, Sherwood has shown that he can get the best out of an imposing front man and that bodes well for Gestede’s claret and blue career.

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