Anthony Gerrard on Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede

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Anthony Gerrard and Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede were teammates at Cardiff City earlier in their respective careers.

Anthony Gerrard has stated on social networking site Twitter that Aston Villa have got one of the best aerial threats in football in Rudy Gestede.

Gerrard was teammates with Gestede when they were both at Cardiff City, and he knows about the striker’s quality – having had to mark him in training on numerous occasions.

The 29-year-old Shrewsbury Town defender does feel that Villa need to utilise him more often, and he has encouraged their players to start floating more crosses to the back post for him to attack.

Gestede joined Villa during the summer transfer window, and he is yet to fully establish his place as the side’s main man up-front.

The former Blackburn Rovers man has played a rotational role so far at Villa Park, where he has scored four times in 13 appearances.

Gestede came off the substitutes’ bench in Villa’s latest match against Tottenham Hotspur, and he almost showed the ability Gerrard was talking about on Twitter.

The powerful forward got to a cross before Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris late on, but he could not direct his header goalwards and the miss proved costly.

If Gestede had scored he would have brought the score level at 2-2, but Tottenham ultimately went on to win the match 3-1 and that result leaves Villa stuck at the bottom of the Premier League table.

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