BBC pundit: Aston Villa sold the wrong striker
By Emma Sanders
Martin O’Connor has claimed Aston Villa sold the wrong striker and believes they should have got rid of Ross McCormack instead of Rudy Gestede.
The BBC pundit was speaking on the WM’s Football Phone-in programme when he stated he would have sold McCormack after it was revealed Villa had agreed a £6million deal with Middlesbrough for Gestede.
Many fans have reacted to the news with disappointment and O’Connor believes the striker could have given more to the team.
“If it was me, I would have sold Ross McCormack and kept Rudy Gestede. It is about how Gestede affects the game for Aston Villa and works in both boxes, defensively too,” said O’Connor, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“You get more out of Gestede than you would Ross McCormack. I can see why Boro have signed him.”
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Villa sold Gestede despite him being the club’s current second highest goal-scorer in all competitions with four goals.
McCormack has scored one less and is on par with Jordan Ayew and Jack Grealish.
Gestede featured in 18 Championship games prior to his move, which is just one less than McCormack, but after joining for £12 million in the summer, Bruce may be keen to give the Scottish international more of a chance to settle.
Gestede is strong in the air and he gave Villa an option from set-pieces but Bruce clearly saw the striker as surplus to his needs and the 29-year-old sealed a move to the Premier League on Wednesday.
In other Aston Villa news, the club must match a large sum for this striker as no loan deal is on the cards.