Parlour explains why he feels Gestede will be a success for Aston Villa

Former Gunner Ray Parlour feels Aston Villa have made a good signing in the form of Rudy Gestede.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told talkSPORT why he feels Rudy Gestede will be a success for Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.

Gestede is still working hard on his fitness so he can get to a point where he can start a game, but he’s already had an impact in the team, scoring on the opening day of the season in the win against Bournemouth.

Parlour has explained exactly what he likes in Villa’s new signing, backing him to have an instant impact in the team as he gets more chances to impress.

“He’s powerful. He’s like an old fashioned centre forward. He can get into areas where he knows reasonably well where it’s going to be and he should be a very good signing for Tim,” he told talkSPORT.

The ability to switch things up

What Gestede gives Aston Villa is the potential to switch things up in terms of the way they play.

Tim Sherwood’s side are arguably at their best when they control possession and utilise the pace they have in wide areas.

Gestede represents someone who allows the side to be a little more direct in terms of their build up play and someone who can get into the box to give the midfielders an option inside the opponent’s final third.

The important factor for Sherwood is not rushing him into the team because it would be a disaster if he develops a fitness problem if he’s thrown into the side too early, leaving him unavailable for a longer period of time.

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