Gestede playing for Aston Villa in 2016
|Full name||Rudy Philippe Michel Camille Gestede|
|Date of birth||10 October 1988|
|Place of birth||Essey-lès-Nancy, France|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Cannes (loan)||22||(4)|
|2013–2014||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 27 November 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:48, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
After coming through the youth ranks at Metz, Gestede spent a year on loan gaining experience with Cannes, scoring four goals in 22 appearances, before returning to Metz in 2010. In the summer of 2011, he joined Cardiff City, helping the club to secure promotion to the Premier League. However, he found first team chances limited with Cardiff at the start of 2013–14, prompting a loan move to Blackburn Rovers in 2013. In January 2014, he made a permanent transfer to Blackburn and established himself in the first team, forming a prolific partnership with Jordan Rhodes in attack.
Gestede played internationally for France at under-19 level before switching international allegiance to Benin.
Born in Essey-lès-Nancy, Gestede started at youth level at the age of 16, in 2004, where he played for Metz. A year later, he signed a professional contract with Metz's B Team. In 2007, he was promoted to play for the first team, whilst still also continuing to play for the B team, but in 2010, he ended his five years playing for the B team when he was sent on loan to Cannes.
Gestede joined Football League Championship side Cardiff City on a week-long trial during City's training camp in Seville, Spain. He scored his first goal for the Bluebirds in the 25th minute against Charlton Athletic On 23 July 2011, Gestede passed his medical and was unveiled as a Cardiff City player three days later. On 7 August 2011, he came on for his debut against West Ham United, in the 68th minute in place of Robert Earnshaw, setting up Kenny Miller for the match's only goal. Gestede's first start came the following game against Oxford United in the League Cup. He made his 50th appearance in a 5–3 victory over Huddersfield Town, putting in a man of the match performance. Gestede scored his first goal for Cardiff City and in English football against Leicester City in the League Cup, where he later scored a penalty in a shoot out to help Cardiff to a 7–6 victory.
Gestede's first league goal came on 15 October, his first league start, against Ipswich Town. During the following game, however, he suffered another hamstring injury, which meant he would be out for a few weeks. He returned in a goalless draw at Millwall on 10 December. Gestede found his third Cardiff goal in a 3–1 win over Peterborough United. He would come on and score a penalty in Cardiff City's semi-final victory against Crystal Palace in the League Cup. Gestede scored his third goal for Cardiff on 14 February 2012, in a 3–1 win over Peterborough. In the League Cup Final against Premier League club Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on 26 February, City went down 3–2 on penalties, with Gestede missing one of the Bluebirds' spot-kicks. On 19 April, Gestede signed a two-year deal keeping him at Cardiff City Stadium until 2014.
Gestede suffered a pre-season injury which kept him out of the first two months of the 2012–13 season. He made his return on 6 October coming on in the second half against Ipswich Town, where he helped the Bluebirds to come back from a one-goal deficit. Gestede's first goal of the season came on 15 December in a 2–1 loss against Peterborough United. In what has been described[by whom?] as his finest performance yet in a Cardiff City shirt, Gestede scored two headers as City beat Nottingham Forest 3–0 at Cardiff City Stadium. He collected a winners' medal as City won the Championship title and were promoted to the Premier League in April 2013.
On 26 November 2013, Gestede joined Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of 2013 under an emergency loan arrangement after he found his playing time at Cardiff reduced since their promotion to the Premier League. Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer stated that Gestede was the type of player the team needed to assist talisman Jordan Rhodes in an important season for the club.
On 1 January 2014, Gestede signed for the club permanently, on a three-and-a-half-year deal, along with Tom Cairney, who was also on loan at Blackburn at the same time as him. On 21 April, Gestede scored a first-half hat-trick, against Birmingham City. He won the Championship Player of the Month Award for April after scoring six goals in the seven games in that month.
On 31 July 2015, after intense speculation, Gestede signed for Premier League club Aston Villa on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £6 million. He made his debut as a substitute away at Bournemouth, heading the winning goal in a 1–0 victory. On 22 September 2015, he scored the winner in a 1–0 League Cup victory over archrivals Birmingham City. On 26 September 2015, he scored a brace in a 3–2 defeat to Liverpool away at Anfield.
On 2 January 2017, Aston Villa accepted a bid from Premier League club Middlesbrough for Gestede, reported to be in the region of £6m. He officially signed for the club on 4 January 2017. Gestede made his debut for the club and his top-level return in a 0–0 draw against Watford on 14 January 2017. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat against Manchester United on 19 March 2017. On 21 August 2017, Middlesbrough rejected a £6 million pound bid for the player from Leeds United.
He picked up an injury in September 2017, after picking up a dead leg which required surgery after a bleed. He returned from the injury on 2 December 2017 against Bristol City, he picked up another injury which almost ended his season when he fractured his ankle against Hull City in February 2018. He returned on 15 May 2018 for Middlesbrough as a second half substitute in the Championship Playoff Semi Final second leg against Aston Villa.
Gestede played for the France under-19 national team between 2006 and 2008. He was called up for the Benin national team in February 2013 for the World Cup qualifiers due to a parent being of Beninois origin; he was also eligible for the United States through a grandparent.
After three years, he was recalled to the national team in August 2019.
- As of match played on 7 January 2017
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2013–14||Championship||6||1||1||0||0||0||—||7||1|
|Aston Villa||2015–16||Premier League||32||5||2||0||2||1||—||36||6|
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