Sherwood explains what he likes about Rudy Gestede

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained what he likes in new signing Rudy Gestede.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has praised new signing Rudy Gestede on the club’s official website, after he got his Villa career off to the perfect start against Bournemouth last weekend.

Gestede has come in to try and help fill the void which has been created following the departure of Christian Benteke and the early signs are good, with the manager right behind him in terms of how he wants to play in the club’s attack.

“He throws himself at it. He's brave. But he's more than a battering ram. His hold-up play is good, his movement is good and he knows his limitations,” he told

“He wants us to get the ball out wide and then get himself into the box. If the boys deliver crosses he will eat them up.”

Big shoes to fill

It was always going to be difficult for Gestede to move up from the Championship to have the same sort of impact as Benteke.

However, Sherwood feels that he can thrive with the same sort of service that was provided for the Belgian, scoring key goals at big times in important matches which give the club three points.

Gestede not only seems to have the characteristics to handle the challenge of Premier League football, he seems to buy into the mentality of Sherwood and Aston Villa as a football club.

He worked hard in the opener against Bournemouth and if he continues to work his socks off then his popularity with the fans is also going to improve.

However, it’s only one match and there’s a long way to go for him to be put in the same bracket as a player like Benteke.

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