Rudy Gestede completed a transfer from Blackburn to Aston Villa over the summer, but Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed to the Watford Observer that the Hornets wanted to sign him as well.
When asked if Flores had looked at bringing in Gestede following his summer appointment at Vicarage Road, the Spaniard said: “Yes, Mr Pozzo asked me about him and we talked about him. He’s a good player. His style is completely different to how we are playing.”
Gestede ended up signing for Villa, and he has netted four goals in 15 games across all competitions this term.
The 27-year-old is one of few players who can take some sort of positives from his season at Villa Park, and he looks like the only player in the Villa team who is actively looking to score and provide a threat in the final third.
He is almost first-team football in a team who are playing to his strengths, but if Watford had completed his signing, Gestede would have been a poor signing.
Troy Deeney and Oidon Ighalo have performed excellently this term for the Hornets, and they are far more suited to Flores’ system than Gestede would have been. The Villa star is poor with the ball at his feet, and Watford are trying to play a style of football that keeps the ball on the ground - although there have been a lot of long-balls attempted at various points of the campaign.
Gestede would not have been in the team ahead of either Deeney or Ighalo, and the Hornets moved for Obbi Oulare as their back-up option, although he has still yet to make his debut for the club.
Gestede would have been a bad fit for Watford, and missing out on him has worked well for Flores as his two first-choice forwards have proven they have what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.