So as above really.
Here’s the link as to what was said by Gabby in the Daily Mail and it all sounds great. Except that in my opinion, it’s seriously flawed.
Gabby talks about how Gestede is the perfect sort of player to play off, because he is such a great header of the ball. Which is all well and good, but we’ve just sold a player who was equally as good at heading and holding the ball up, in Benteke.
And Gabby wasn’t particularly productive playing next to him, was he?
Just to clarify that, he scored six goals in thirty-six appearances last season. His record was similar the season before, but in fairness, it was better the season before that.
Overall, the fact is that Gabby has scored 84 goals in 364 appearances, which is basically really poor and not even one goal in four.
Just to keep my thinking on an even keel and try to remove any Villa bias, even Carlton Cole’s record is only slightly worse and I thought he was utter rubbish.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Gabby was far too often played out of position (out wide), similar to Weimann, who also couldn’t score for us.
But the simple truth is I think he’s past it and is beyond improving. He’s well known for his pace, but if you analyse his game, it’s about his only attribute. I don’t rate his work rate, his movement or even how he reads a game. He’s awful when it comes to one-on-ones and he’s best remembered by me for his more instinctive goals, where he flicks some body part out and scores.
Perhaps I’m being too harsh, because he has scored some important goals, but the overwhelming feeling is that he’s simply not productive enough for someone who is supposed to be a striker.
The trouble is, he’s “Mr Aston Villa”. And he signed a four-year contract just last September, for around £60k a week, I believe. A crazy decision in my opinion and one that probably came from Lerner. Whatever, it’s one we’re stuck with. Which other club would even think about matching that?
Which is why he’s being given every chance by Tim Sherwood, I reckon.
Gabby’s problem is though, that I don’t think he suits the style of play that Sherwood wants. He isn’t good at fast, short passing and is better given the ball in front of him to run on to, straight down the middle, as his crossing isn’t great either. While that’s an option, I don’t believe that’s what the manager wants.
Hence I think Sherwood is probably looking for some way to get Gabby out.
In short, I think his days are numbered.
It’s a shame in a way, because Gabby loves the Villa and we all love one of our own playing for the team, don’t we? I mean, his mom lives a couple of minutes walk away from me (I doubt he still lives there).
But the fact is he’s one of our highest paid players and he simply isn’t producing what he’s paid to do, which unless I’ve got it wrong, is score goals.