BBC pundit reacts to Rudy Gestede's performance, has a message for Sherwood

Jermaine Jenas

The Aston Villa striker was once again a menace in the air against Liverpool.

Jermaine Jenas says Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede is one of the best headers of the ball he's seen in a long time - and has urged Tim Sherwood to utilise that strength more, according to BBC Football.

The 26-year-old striker netted twice for Villa during a 3-2 defeat at Liverpool, having also scored the winner against Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup earlier this week.

And Gestede has caught the former midfielder and current pundit's eye.

Jenas told the BBC: "If I was Tim Sherwood, I would have no other instructions for Villa than get that ball in box. Rudy Gestede one of the best headers I've seen in a long time. He dominates [Liverpool defender Mamadou] Sakho in the air."

  TeamHeadersMinutes Played
Per Mertesacker Arsenal 7 90
Nacho Monreal Arsenal 7 90
Nicolás Otamendi Man City 7 90
Winston Reid West Ham 7 90
Rudy Gestede Aston Villa 6 90
Bacary Sagna Man City 6 90
Virgil van Dijk Southampton 6 90

As Opta stats show, Jenas isn't wrong. Two goals and six headers won from the Aston Villa striker has rounded off an excellent week for him personally - even if Sherwood's side couldn't come away from Anfield with a result.

That's now just one win from seven Premier League games for the Villans but 26-year-old Gestede was a big positive for them at Liverpool.

Jenas's message is a clear one and it's surprising to see Sherwood slightly more reluctant to utilise Gestede's aerial strength considering what he achieved with Christian Benteke last season.

Towards the end of the game, some Aston Villa fans were even complaining that crosses weren't coming in to their target man...

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