COMMENT by Amir Mir

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has stated that he must balance his strike force in the January transfer window.

Villa have used Jonathan Kodjia, Jordan Ayew, Ross McCormack, Gabby Agbonlahor and Rudy Gestede as forward options this season.

Despite the overload in attackers and the need for more midfield options, Bruce must keep hold of 28-year-old Gestede.

The Benin striker has started just six out of his 13 Championship games this season, but has still managed to be the club’s second top scorer with four goals.

Come January and February, the attacking trio of Ayew, Kodjia and winger Albert Adomah will leave for the African Cup of Nations, leaving the Midlands side short of goalscoring options.

This is where Benin target-man Gestede will come in handy for Bruce and will start scoring the goals which will help the club to instant promotion to the Premier League.

Gestede offers something different to the Villa side, aerial ability, something the other attackers don’t offer with pace and power their main attributes.

Furthermore, Gestede has a healthy record in the second-tier, scoring 43 goals in 131 Championship games, including 20 in 39 appearances for Blackburn during the 2014/15 season.

In a nutshell, promotion expert Bruce must keep hold of Gestede as he can prove to be the battering ram he requires over the course of the season to push Villa up the table and to promotion.

In other Aston Villa team news, Chris Sutton believes the club will gain promotion this season.