Rudy Gestede's last Premier League game was away at Watford, for former club Aston Villa in closing weeks of the 2015/16 season.

With his new side Boro gearing up for a trip to Vicarage Road this weekend, the Beninois striker is raring to get going, and hopes for the chance to make his debut for the Teessiders at the same venue.

"I'm very happy to be here and can't wait to get started," he said.

"It was hard at Aston Villa - we had a tough time last season and I hadn't played much this year.

"I'm very lucky to have the chance to come to this club, be part of the Premier League again and show my potential.

"Everyone in the club has been welcoming, and from the secretary to the players to the kit man, we are all pushing in the same way. That's a good feeling."

Watford are a familiar opponent for the 28-year-old - the striker has faced them eight times, as many as any other English club, scoring twice - and he stresses the Hornets will be a tough proposition.

"It's a very tough league, from the bottom to eighth position it's very tight," Gestede said.

"Watford have shown they are a good team and can compete with everyone. They are in a difficult run but that can change anytime.

"They have the fighting spirit that got them promoted from the Championship, and have added technical quality.

"At the end of the season, these kinds of games will have decided if we're in the Premier League or not.

"We have to focus on our strengths rather than their weaknesses, and match them from the first whistle."