Villa sit 11 points off safety in the Premier League, and Stan Collymore told talkSPORT that he wants to see Remi Garde’s team playing more like Watford have this season, with Rudy Gestede and Libor Kozak given a chance as a strike partnership.
Collymore said: “Watford get the ball into the channels. The front two get after it, they hold it up and drag the rest of the team forward with it. Surely with Gestede and Kozak, give them an opportunity to prove you [Garde] wrong. We haven’t even given them a chance to play together yet.”
Gestede has done little this season to suggest he is the quality needed in a Premier League team, but often he has been playing a role he is not suited for.
An excellent aerial threat, Gestede performs best as part of a partnership, when he wins the ball for his strike partner to hold up play and create the most goalscoring chances.
However, when he has feature this season, it has been as a lone forward, a role for which he lacks the all-round talent.
Kozak, on the other hand, has been handed just 14 minutes of Premier League football this season. Despite the club struggling on the pitch, the 26-year-old was only selected as a substitute in the 3-1 loss to Sunderland, when many believe he should be in the first-team as he could provide a much needed goalscoring threat.
Collymore wants to see both forwards named together from the start, operating in much the same way as Watford pair Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have this term, to great effect.
They have been an extremely impressive pair, and if Villa want to have any chance of staying in the Premier League, they need their goalscorers to replicate the Watford stars across the second half of the season.