Tim Sherwood comments on Rudy Gestede's form, hints at tactical changes

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has defended summer signing Rudy Gestede.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that he will consider tactical changes in order to get the best out of Rudy Gestede.

Gestede, 26, joined Villa from Blackburn Rovers over the summer, having hit 35 goals in 73 games for the Championship outfit - and he was seen as a player who could help Villa recover from losing Christian Benteke to Liverpool.

With the winning goal against Bournemouth on the opening day of the season, the Benin international got off to a sensational start, filling Villa fans with hope in the process.

Since then though, Gestede has failed to find the back of the net - leading to some concern over whether the former Cardiff striker can make a lasting impact in the Premier League.

Gestede may play a part for Villa in their Capital One Cup clash with fierce rivals Birmingham City tonight, and manager Sherwood has moved to defender his summer signing.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Sherwood says that he isn't concerned about Gestede's lack of goals so far - and hinted that he could change his side's tactics to play to Gestede's strengths.

"We need to get the ball forward quicker," said Sherwood. "Rudy will help us do that. I don’t want to just smash it forward, it’s not the way I want to play. But there is a blend. We need to mix it up."

"Rudy is a one-in-two striker against Championship opposition. No-one likes playing against him. I’m not sure West Brom enjoyed playing against him last weekend. His progress is fine. There are not too many getting a run in the side at the moment."

"But there will come a time where you have to stick to what is the best. It’s my job to do that. Rudy’s attitude and desire and commitment to improve and show his quality in the Premier League is second to none," he added.

The Birmingham Mail state that Sherwood could move to a three man defence, with Jordan Amavi and Leandro Bacuna serving as wing backs. Those two players would be given more license to get forward and whip balls into the penalty area - where Gestede thrives, potentially helping the striker find his best form for the club.

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