Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood should play Rudy Gestede up front.
Gestede, who joined Villa from Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window, has not been playing well this season.
The striker was supposed to be a replacement for Christian Benteke, who left the Villans for Premier League rivals Liverpool in the summer.
Benin international Gestede scored 19 goals and created 43 chances in 39 Championship games for Blackburn last season, but so far this campaign he has found the target just once and has created only one chance in six Premier League appearances for Villa.
That goal came against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League season.
Villa are struggling for form and for goals at the moment, and former Tottenham midfielder Murphy has suggested that manager Sherwood should look to play to the strengths of Gestede in order to win games.
“I would be tempted to play Gestede up top and play a bit more direct for a while - get it in the box a bit more earlier, play off him, just play the percentages a bit more, try to nick a couple of results,” Murphy said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning.
Villa, who narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season, find themselves just a point and a place above the relegation zone at the moment.
At this moment in time, the Villans need a win to kickstart their season, and for that Gestede has to score goals.
Perhaps playing to the strengths of the former Cardiff City striker is going to help Villa do that, and if that means playing long balls, then so be it.