By Wayne Veysey

29th Dec, 2016 | 9:42pm

Attacker must be sold in January: Three things we learned about Aston Villa against Leeds

By Editor Wayne Veysey

Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Aston Villa drew 1-1 against Leeds at Villa Park in the Premier League on Thursday night.

Gestede needs to be sold

The striker’s time is surely up at Villa. Rudy Gestede came on as a late substitute in the battering ram role but his role has been a bit-part one for quite a while now.  Jonathan Kodjia is the clear first choice front man and it is easy to see why as his mobility, strength and eye for goal made him comfortably the biggest threat in claret-and-blue. Steve Bruce clearly doesn’t fancy Gestede and, with rumours hotting up of a switch to Middlesbrough, it appears that he is in the dying embers of his Villa career. He should be offloaded in January and replaced by a more regular scorer.

A new playmaker is the A1 priority

Villa have attacking strength in depth that will make most Championship managers green with envy. But one thing lacking in Steve Bruce’s squad is a playmaker capable of unlocking opposition defences. Jack Grealish, who limped off early in the second half with a dead leg, is the closest thing but is more effective in a wide attacking position, while Ross McCormack looks past his best. When the window swings open next week, Bruce must prioritise a blue chip No10.

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Amavi emerging as a brilliant full-back

Tony Xia revealed, in a way that only he can, that Villa have recently rejected a £25million bid for Jordan Amavi. That has raised eyebrows, given the left-back was not a regular under Roberto Di Matteo and spent most of his debut campaign sidelined due to an injury after his £8million transfer from Nice. But the evidence is growing that Villa have a potentially outstanding full-back in their ranks. Defensively solid, calm on the ball and a massive asset in the opposition third with his crossing and overlapping ability, the 22-year-old is starting to look the real deal.

In other Aston Villa news, the club are on the brink of agreeing a £6.5million transfer.