The France born Benin Republic striker was born on 10 October 1988. He rose through the youth ranks at FC Metz and in 2005, he signed a professional contract with the B team. In 2007, he was promoted to the senior squad. Nevertheless, he continued to play for the B team.
Gestede moved to Britain in the summer of 2011 and signed for Cardiff City. After spending 3 years at the club, he had played 55 league games and scored seven times. He got a Championship promotion medal at Cardiff City as the Bluebirds won the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/2014 season.
The striker’s next destination after Cardiff City was Blackburn Rovers, where he made 75 appearances and scored 35 goals. His form in the 2014/2015 season attracted Aston Villa to the negotiation table. In his 18 month stay at Villa Park, the £6 million acquisition scored just 9 goals in 50 league outings for the club.
In January 2017, Gestede joined Gary Monk managed Middlesbrough FC for a fee of £7.5 million, keeping him at the club until June 2020.
Unfortunately, he would probably have registered more than 22 appearances and 4 goals barring the two nasty injuries he sustained. In the same vein, the 2018/2019 season saw him get limited opportunities to play, registering just 8 appearances for the first team.
January 2017 - June 2020
September 2018 - September 2018
November 2017 - November 2017
July 2015 - January 2017
November 2013 - July 2015
July 2011 - November 2013
July 2010 - June 2011
July 2009 - June 2010
July 2007 - June 2009