Gestede hails his Rovers mate Rhodes

This Is Lancashire: Gestede hails his Rovers mate Rhodes Gestede hails his Rovers mate Rhodes

RUDY Gestede has paid tribute to strike-partner Jordan Rhodes for helping him make a red-hot start to his Blackburn Rovers career.

The 25-year-old Benin international now has four goals in his last five league games after his coolly taken finish in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Barnsley.

Half of those goals have been created by Rovers’ top scorer Rhodes who Gestede believes is much more than a penalty-box predator.

“He makes it easy,” said Gestede, a January transfer window £200,000 capture from Cardiff City.

“It’s a gift for me because he’s a clever player. He scores goals, which for a striker is the main thing, but he can give assists and play too – he can do everything.

“He is one of the best strikers in the league.

“He showed that last season when he scored 28 goals and he already has 16 goals this season so I am very happy to play with him. He makes me play better on the pitch.”

With Leon Best firmly out of favour Gestede and Rhodes are Rovers boss Gary Bowyer’s sole forward options.

It is a situation he is attempting to rectify before the transfer window slams shut tonight.

Leeds United striker Luke Varney has already indicated he wants to join Rovers.

The 31-year-old pulled out of Leeds’ squad for their clash with Ipswich on Tuesday to avoid jeopardising a potential move to Ewood Park.

But Varney’s future was not near the top of Whites boss Brian McDermott’s priority list yesterday after it was revealed that a proposed takeover of the crisis-hit Elland Road outfit had fallen through.

Fresh speculation also emerged yesterday linking Bowyer with Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn.

Bowyer, who has let 15 players leave this month, is also in the market for a winger after Ben Marshall sustained an ankle injury.

Cardiff City wideman Craig Conway is believed to have been identified by Bowyer.

There is still a question of whether skipper Scott Dann will remain a Rovers player come 11pm tonight.

Crystal Palace and Norwich City have both been linked with the defender.

While Palace are set to sign Ivan Ramis from Wigan Athletic, their manager Tony Pulis could still bbe in the market for another centre-back.

Portuguese duo Nuno Henrique and Paulo Jorge could leave Rovers before the close of the window.

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9:13am Fri 31 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Hope it's not a eulogy
Hope it's not a eulogy Angry From Accrington

9:26am Fri 31 Jan 14

owd nick says...

Two more Portuguese non entities from the Shebby era on their way, can only be good for the club, if only there is someone out there stupid enough to take Best off our hands.

But we do need another striker to compliment Gestede and Rhodes, two aren't enough.
Two more Portuguese non entities from the Shebby era on their way, can only be good for the club, if only there is someone out there stupid enough to take Best off our hands. But we do need another striker to compliment Gestede and Rhodes, two aren't enough. owd nick

9:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Whilst Dann is now at Crystal Palace for talks there was previous speculation that they would take Best on lone also as a sweetener. Hope this happens because Best has to go this window or be used in the squad if he doesn't . It would be good to see him go and GB bring another striker in for cover.
Whilst Dann is now at Crystal Palace for talks there was previous speculation that they would take Best on lone also as a sweetener. Hope this happens because Best has to go this window or be used in the squad if he doesn't . It would be good to see him go and GB bring another striker in for cover. A Rover 45 years and over

9:39am Fri 31 Jan 14

BJS says...

Dann in talks with Palace? Now we know why he's missed a couple of games. Just the negative story we didn't want!!
Dann in talks with Palace? Now we know why he's missed a couple of games. Just the negative story we didn't want!! BJS

9:47am Fri 31 Jan 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

I remember when Dann first came and he was so poor that everyone wanted rid (including me)! If you ask me, the only reason he is doing better now is because of Hanley... So get rid, take Best with you, free up a massive wage bill and bring in a hungry defender and striker before the end of the transfer window.... Simple!
I remember when Dann first came and he was so poor that everyone wanted rid (including me)! If you ask me, the only reason he is doing better now is because of Hanley... So get rid, take Best with you, free up a massive wage bill and bring in a hungry defender and striker before the end of the transfer window.... Simple! ChrisDeBerg

9:52am Fri 31 Jan 14

owd nick says...

With Dann at Palace we need to be looking for some experienced cover in central defence.

If he does go good luck to him but its going to be one hell of a CV because I can't see Palace staying up and that will be three relegations from the PL for him.
With Dann at Palace we need to be looking for some experienced cover in central defence. If he does go good luck to him but its going to be one hell of a CV because I can't see Palace staying up and that will be three relegations from the PL for him. owd nick

9:59am Fri 31 Jan 14

leitchy says...

Looks like we have signed Craig Conway!

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Craig_Conwa
y_(footballer)
Looks like we have signed Craig Conway! http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Craig_Conwa y_(footballer) leitchy

10:09am Fri 31 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong:

http://www.sportsdir
ectnews.com/crystal-
palace-fc-transfer-n
ews/39423-eagles-hop
e-to-land-blackburn-
hitman.php
I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong: http://www.sportsdir ectnews.com/crystal- palace-fc-transfer-n ews/39423-eagles-hop e-to-land-blackburn- hitman.php makaveli96

10:20am Fri 31 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

makaveli96 wrote:
I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong:

http://www.sportsdir

ectnews.com/crystal-

palace-fc-transfer-n

ews/39423-eagles-hop

e-to-land-blackburn-

hitman.php
If they come with £15 million that's ok, otherwise don't let him go as it's probably too late to get an adequate replacement.
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong: http://www.sportsdir ectnews.com/crystal- palace-fc-transfer-n ews/39423-eagles-hop e-to-land-blackburn- hitman.php[/p][/quote]If they come with £15 million that's ok, otherwise don't let him go as it's probably too late to get an adequate replacement. Harwoodstblue

10:20am Fri 31 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

makaveli96 wrote:
I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong:

http://www.sportsdir

ectnews.com/crystal-

palace-fc-transfer-n

ews/39423-eagles-hop

e-to-land-blackburn-

hitman.php
More worried about Harry coming in for Rhodes now the bricklayer is out for the rest if the season, there owner has the money and they are nearly promoted now, let's hope he goes for the cheaper option (Ings).
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong: http://www.sportsdir ectnews.com/crystal- palace-fc-transfer-n ews/39423-eagles-hop e-to-land-blackburn- hitman.php[/p][/quote]More worried about Harry coming in for Rhodes now the bricklayer is out for the rest if the season, there owner has the money and they are nearly promoted now, let's hope he goes for the cheaper option (Ings). Lancs - pensioner

10:31am Fri 31 Jan 14

Rovers 1495 says...

makaveli96 wrote:
I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong:

http://www.sportsdir

ectnews.com/crystal-

palace-fc-transfer-n

ews/39423-eagles-hop

e-to-land-blackburn-

hitman.php
Pulis turned down a move for Ince because he had no PL experience
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: I hope the below report about Palace wanting Rhodes is wrong: http://www.sportsdir ectnews.com/crystal- palace-fc-transfer-n ews/39423-eagles-hop e-to-land-blackburn- hitman.php[/p][/quote]Pulis turned down a move for Ince because he had no PL experience Rovers 1495

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