Six headers won in 31 minutes: Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede makes instant impact versus Bournemouth

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Rudy Gestede impressed as he came off the bench to make his Aston Villa debut versus Bournemouth.

Aston Villa earned a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in their Premier League opener on Saturday, with Rudy Gestede's second half header helping them to all three points.

The 26-year-old became Tim Sherwood's ninth summer signing at Villa Park when he joined the club on a five year deal for an undisclosed fee from Blackburn Rovers - price as reported by the club's official website.

Appearing as a second-half substitute versus Bournemouth, he made an instant impact as Tim Sherwood's side earned the most narrow of victories.

  Total ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Dribbles WonFree-kicks WonAerial Duels WonMins Played
Rudy Gestede 2 50 0 8 50 0 1 6 31

He managed two attempts in his half an hour cameo, hitting the back of the net with just his second attempt as a Villa player. After fluffing a volley shortly after his arrival, it was a trademark header that saw him open his account for the club.

His ability in the air was glaringly obvious upon his arrival, as he won six headers in total - more than any other player involved in Saturday's match-up. 

It is perhaps fair to suggest that he is more effective with the ball in the air than at his feet, as he completed just 50% of his total attempted passes - finding a teammate in possession on just eight occasions. 

The Benin international brings something different to the Villains attack and, having taken his headed goal tally to twenty since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, he will certainly be an interesting option for the Midlands outfit going forward. 

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