Aston Villa fans react on Twitter as club completes deal for striker
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa have completed the sale of striker Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough – and fans are sad to see him leave Villa Park.
The transfer was confirmed by Sky Sports who revealed the Benin international had successfully passed a medical at the Riverside Stadium, and joins the Premier League side for £6 million.
It was also confirmed on the official Middlesbrough Twitter page on Wednesday afternoon.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) January 4, 2017
Gestede has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, which will run until June 2020, and departs Aston Villa less than two years after arriving from Blackburn in June 2015.
The transfer frees up space in Aston Villa’s squad and makes extra transfer funds available for manager Steve Bruce to bring in a new goalscorer in the coming weeks.
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Villa have lost both Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew to the African Cup of Nations, and the pair will be absent until the beginning of February.
Kodjia is the club’s current top goalscorer with nine goals from 23 appearances and will be greatly missed.
Despite scoring only four goals from 19 appearances this season, many Aston Villa fans claim that Gestede will also be missed, and that they were sad to see the player leave the club on Wednesday.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
All the best to Gestede . did well this season, a model professional off it…. Will wait to see who we sign as a replacement. #avfc
— Richard Griffiths (@Griffwad83) January 4, 2017
Can’t believe Bruce has sold Gestede, looks like we are content on staying a mid table championship team #avfc
— Frank (@BigFrank1960) January 4, 2017
Sad to see Gestede go. He’ll always be remembered for that winner vs Blues & launching the ball at Joe Hart though. All the best Rudy #AVFC
— Bove (@Bigmattandfries) January 4, 2017
@Dr_TonyXia Why did u sell Gestede when he is better than Gabby,Gardner and Westwood, same old Villa sell the good players and keep the crap
— Lewis Foltyn (@LewisFoltyn) January 4, 2017
I’ll miss Gestede , good luck to him though
— Will Lydon (@WilliamLydon1) January 4, 2017
Gestede gone and no Kodjia for a month, my prediction for the next 5/6 games is 3 goals.
— Mikeey (@MikeeyAVFC) January 4, 2017
Slightly gutted Gestede has gone. His best moment in claret and blue was his goal against Birmingham City. #AVFC
— Lauren Andrews (@LaurenEA1995) January 4, 2017
Middlesbrough are currently 16th in the Premier League after 20 games, and find themselves just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka believes Gestede is the man to bang in the necessary goals to reaffirm their Premier League status, and could throw him straight into the starting line-up when they take on Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
In other Aston Villa news, fans reacted positively to the news that the club had made a bid for Nottingham Forest ace Henri Lansbury.