Why Steve Bruce has made a mistake in selling the wrong Aston Villa attacker
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Rudy Gestede has departed Aston Villa and signed for Premier League side Middlesbrough for a reported fee of £6 million.
At the time of his sale, Gestede was Villa’s second highest scorer, yet manager Steve Bruce felt it was necessary to offload him first.
There are many attackers at the club who should have left before the Benin forward, i.e. Jordan Ayew or Gabby Agbonlahor.
The latter in particular should be nowhere near the Championship side as he fails to bring any decent quality to the team.
Villa are fighting a promotion battle this season and at this moment in time, they are seven points off their minimum target – a play-off spot.
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The January transfer window was paramount in buying quality additions and selling those who will not help the clubs promotional cause – Gestede was not one of them.
The target-man is not the final answer to Villa’s prayers this term but he does provide the team with much-needed experience and quality when needed.
He did this during the fixture against Leeds on home soil – his last game for the club – when Bruce brought him on as a late substitute and his physical presence up front changed the game.
This is something Agbonlahor has failed to provide during this campaign or any of the past six seasons for the Midlands outfit.
Therefore, it is baffling that Villa will be relying upon someone like Agbonlahor to deliver the goods while Gestede has been sold and key striker Jonathan Kodjia is at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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