Player #885

Appearances:

55

Starts:

26

Goals:

10

Seasons:

2

Rudy Gestede
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Rudy Gestede

Position

Centre Forward

From

2015-16

To

2016-17

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Rudy Gestede

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

26
27

Division

PL
CH

Appearances

55
36
19

Starts

26
18
8

Substitute

29
18
11

Unused

6
2
4

Goals

10
6
4

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Rudolphe Philippe Michel Camille Gestede

Birth Date

Monday, 10 October 1988

Birth Place

Essey-lès-Nancy

Birth Country

France

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Blackburn Rovers

From

For

£7,650,000

On

Friday, 31 July 2015

Previous Clubs

2007-11 FC Metz |
2009-10 AS Cannes (L) |
2011-13 Cardiff City, Free |
2013-14 Blackburn Rovers (L) |
2014-15 Blackburn Rovers, £216k |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Middlesbrough

For

£6,390,000

On

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Subsequent Clubs

2017-20 Middlesbrough, £6.39m |
2020- Melbourne Victory |

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

2015-17 Aston Villa, £7.65m, 26 (29) | 10 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Tim Sherwood |
Rémi Garde |
Roberto Di Matteo |
Steve Bruce |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 8 August 2015

AFC Bournemouth (a), Premier League

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Final Appearance

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Leeds United (h), Championship

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

(6 ft 4 in) 1.93 m

Foot

Right

International Team

Benin

Rudy Gestede

Player #885 for Aston Villa, Rudolphe Philippe Michel Camille Gestede known as Rudy Gestede played as a centre forward for the club in Villa’s Premier League relegation season of 2015-16 and during the Football League Championship campaign of 2016-17 making 55 appearances and scoring 10 goals.

Rudy was born in Essey-lès-Nancy on 10 October 1988.

Tim Sherwood’s Villa had signed Rudy from Blackburn Rovers for £7,650,000 on 31 July 2015 and his arrival was one of a number of sub-standard Villa signings that maligned the club throughout the 2015-16 campaign and drove Villa to their first relegation in nearly 30 years. Players such as Gestede as well as Micah Richards, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew, Adama Traoré, Joleon Lescott and José Ángel Crespo were brought to the club despite being nowhere near the standard for a top flight player and Villa paid the price.

Just 12 months before Villa paid £7.65m for his services Gestede had moved to Blackburn for £216k.

In fairness to Gestede, unlike some of his fellow newcomers, it wasn’t entirely his fault and he didn’t display the arrogance and self entitlement of some of his team-mates. Not a goalscoring centre forward, nor a mobile one, Gestede struggled in the Premier League in a poor side, worryingly however he also struggled in the second tier and it was no surprise to see him leave mid way through his second season.

Rudy made a goalscoring debut appearance for Villa on Saturday, 8 August 2015 aged 26 with Villa recording what would turn out to be a rare victory over AFC Bournemouth in the opening game of the 2015-16 Premier League season. Rudy had made his appearance as a 59’ substitute for fellow newcomer Jordan Ayew.

Rudy would make his first start for Villa in the 1-2 away defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, 22 August 2015 but would not again score a Premier League goal for the club until Monday, 26 September 2016 when he got a brace but ended up on the losing side at Anfield. Three goals in his first seven league games however suggested that for all his immobility and limitations, Rudy might be the goalscorer Villa needed.

The next 15 games put paid to that theory with Gestede failing to score, Villa losing 10, and drawing 5.

Rudy did hit his fifth goal for the club in all competitions on his 25th appearance and earned Villa a draw against Leicester City however Gestede would score just once more that season with a single strike in ten games to his credit.

Gestede’s strike rate of one goal every six games underlined the the paucity of the Villa squad and the inevitability of relegation however despite his difficulties there were hopes that Gestede - who had arrived from the lower leagues - would find his feet in the second tier and help Villa bounce back with promotion.

Under yet another new manager, Roberto Di Matteo, Rudy started the season once again as a first team regular, appearing in 6 of Villa’s first 7 Championship games, scoring twice. For the remainder of Di Matteo’s short spell as Villa boss however, Gestede was consigned to the substitutes bench and no further goals were forthcoming.

With Di Matteo’s departure and Steve Bruce’s arrival Gestede was given two starts but again failing to score he was once more relegated to a substitute role and made 6 appearances from the bench and 1 start, scoring once as Steve Bruce analysed the squad he inherited.

Unsurprisingly Bruce identified Gestede as not being the answer for Villa and he made his final appearance for Villa in the draw with Leeds United on Thursday, 29 December 2016 aged 28.

In a surprising turn of events, with Villa expected to lose significantly on the £7,650,000 they had paid for Gestede 18 months earlier, Middlesbrough, who historically had acquired many players from Villa for inflated fees, paid £6,390,000 for Gestede’s services in January 2017.

Gestede would score 5 league goals in 48 games for Middlesbrough before being released in 2020.

Gestede had played under Tim Sherwood, Rémi Garde, Eric Black, Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Bruce.