1. Born in Essey-lès-Nancy in North East France, Gestede represented Les Blues at under-19 level before switching allegiance to Benin. He was also eligible for the United States through a grandparent.

2. The 28-year-old has been capped ten times by Benin, scoring twice. Les Écureuils (The Squirrels) have not qualified for this year's Africa Cup of Nations.

3. Among Gestede's international teammates is former Sunderland and West Brom midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.

4. Following a youth career with French side Metz (also a former club of Joseph-Desire Job), Gestede made the move to English football with Welsh side Cardiff City in 2011.

5. Gestede started the 2012 League Cup Final for The Bluebirds. Stewart Downing was Man of the Match for opponents Liverpool, who would win the trophy on penalties.

6. After helping Cardiff to win promotion from the Championship in 2012/13, he would make his Premier League debut the opening weekend following season - a 2-0 defeat against West Ham.

7. Gestede then returned to the Championship with Blackburn Rovers, initially on an emergency loan before signing permanently in January 2014. The transfer was confirmed shortly after his first league goal for the club, against Leeds United.

8. The Beninois would win the Championship Player of the Month award for April later that campaign, after scoring six times in seven games.

9. At Rovers, he would form a formidable partnership with Jordan Rhodes. In the 2014/15 season, the duo hit 43 goals between them in all competitions (22 for Gestede). 

10. That left Gestede as the Championship's joint-fourth top scorer for the season, behind Rhodes, Troy Deeney and Daryl Murphy, tied with Odion Ighalo and Callum Wilson and ahead of Boro's Patrick Bamford.

11. Among those goals were a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest, and a controversial equaliser against Boro at the Riverside in November 2014. 

12. In July 2015, Gestede signed for Aston Villa, where he became a teammate of Boro pair Brad Guzan and Adama Traore. The striker made his debut as a substitute away at AFC Bournemouth, heading the winning goal in a 1-0 victory.

13. That was the first of nine goals Gestede scored during his time with The Villans. His highlights included bagging one in a shock draw for the struggling Midlands club against eventual title winners Leicester City, and adding two more in a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Gestede would also score the winner in Villa's derby match with Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup.

14. Gestede's final Villa goal came from the spot against former club Cardiff in November. He replaced Albert Adomah, who had also netted, on 75 minutes. The result extended Steve Bruce's unbeaten run as new Villa boss to seven games.