The burly Benin forward wreacked havoc after coming off the the Aston Villa bench against Leeds United.
You don’t escape the most competitive league in Europe on four separate occasions without a detailed knowledge of the ins and outs.
In Steve Bruce, Aston Villa have a manager who almost guarantees second tier success, having guided Birmingham and Hull to the Promised Land twice apiece. And while Aston Villa are currently adrift in ninth, they remain just the five points behind Sheffield Wednesday and that much-coveted top six spot. A fifth promotion for Bruce is in no way out of the question.
Therefore, it’s not overdramatic to suggest that the upcoming transfer window could either make or break Aston Villa’s season. Get it right and an array of astute arrivals could propel Villa to the next level, but sign poorly and sell strangely and they could be confined to the second tier for another season.
As it stands, however, the first flurry of activity at Villa Park looks likely to amount only to a mid-season departure. According to The Guardian, Rudy Gestede is on his way to Middlesbrough for £6.5 million after finding the net just four times all season - and just once since Bruce took the reins in October.
However, though Gestede may not be the most prolific, easy-on-the-eye centre-forward, an experienced lower league manager of Bruce’s calibre should recognise the importance of a plan B.
Emerging from the bench with just 12 minutes to go in Villa’s 1-1 draw with high-flying Leeds United on Thursday, the 6ft 3ins battering ram played a vital role in winning the late penalty to allow Jonathan Kodjia to salvage a point before setting up the Ivorian for an attempted winner with the clock ticking down.
Gestede is, in short, a handful. And that action-packed cameo was more than enough to convince some Aston Villa fan that he deserves a second chance.
@avfc_vilr I like Kodja but he never seems to win a header when it's played forward? I think letting Gestede go is a mistake.— Chris (@MarvAVFC) December 30, 2016
Gestede did the work of Jedinak along with some presence in the box, we don't have another striker with that aerial threat & strength #avfc— Ryan Astley (@ryan_astley) December 30, 2016
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