Because of his height Gestede is often seen as an immobile forward whose main strength is heading. It is not a theory he agrees with.
“I have had this tag on me for ages now, I think I can bring more than just being a target man.
“People want to judge us on what we cannot do. We are not short and sharp, we cannot pass players. It’s like expecting a monkey to swim. We are judged on this instead of our statistics on what we can do in the game.
“People want to judge us on what we cannot do … it’s like expecting a monkey to swim.”
“Everyone is compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic [a very tall star striker now with AC Milan after a decorated career at top clubs], but he is at another level.
“It’s bettter to compare people with similar abilities than a different type of game. Obviously if you put the ball in the box I can be there, but I can use my feet.
“I will come to help the team, dropping off, then being in the box. My goal is to score and that’s what I am going to do.”
Gestede has a good idea of what to expect when Victory host Brisbane in round one early next year as he has not only watched games but also spoken to French midfielder Eric Beautheac, who spent two years with the Roar before returning to Europe.
“He said it was a good league, a physical league,” Gestede said.
“I think everyone is working together. Tactically and technically it is not as good as Europe, but the quality is getting much better and the clubs are investing in youth and in a few years’ time it’s going to be a good league.”
Gestede will join his team-mates for training next week when they get out of quarantine following their Asian Champions League exploits. He liked what he saw as new coach Grant Brebners’ mix of youngsters, veterans and imports battled to make the last 16 of the competition.
“I had time to watch the ACL in quarantine in Perth. I thought they did well, there was good togetherness on the pitch, they are working hard together. It was the first games, there was a lack of fitness, but one of the main things in football is to have a team.
“I think the manager is building this, is good at it, and I have seen some good stuff.
Gestede says he took his time about making a decision to come to Australia – he had offers in England and from a Romanian club – but believes he has made the right call after listening to Brebner, who explained how and why the club had such a disappointing 2019-20 campaign.
“It’s a new club now, they have changed the manager, refreshed the team, it’s going to be a new environnment for the team to start together.
“He said I want you to bring your experience, to help out the young players who have got quality and to bring your quality on the pitch, we need someone to finish the occasion, to score goals.”
He is looking to build a relationship with his teammates quickly – when he finally gets to meet them.
“It’s obviously not the best solution, it would be better to train and know your teammates a bit better, but we have to adapt to what’s going on in the world.
“I will train with them for ten days, so it’s going to be enough to have some feeling on the pitch and some kind of relations. We are going to build this up during the season.”
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing