Gabriel Agbonlahor made his Villa debut back in 2006 under David O’Leary. Since then he has seen many managers and enjoyed a few fruitful goal patches. Other than that he has been a long-serving servant who has not offered as much as we would like, apart from pace and the ability to make the odd decent cross.
Why do I say Gabby can go when he is a Villan through and through? He has not done enough for the side, in my opinion. At the start of the season, he enjoys a good patch: he scores a few and makes himself look like a Premier League striker. However, for every good patch Gabby has some bad ones. As a forward, this cannot be accepted when reliability is key. This season he has scored four goals and assisted in five. That is not acceptable for any forward. If we had another half decent one, I’m certain Agbonlahor would not be in the side. His form hardly flatters anyone. It is hardly form that warrants a place in the starting XI.
Season on season
Every year, without fail, we see the same Gabby Agbonlahor. He has a burst of four games in which he is almost faultless then an injury follows which keeps niggling him and we see him in shocking form for the rest of the year. Although he scored on Saturday, he did not deserve a goal. He has sometimes been the big match man and shone on the big stage. He is excellent at times yet in other games he may as well be at home. People say he is a Villa man. So am I. I will not get picked for Villa as I am not good enough and neither is Gabby. He is one of the better players we have but he still is not good enough, which is a damning reflection on our current team.
Countless managers have tried and failed to get the best out of him. There must be a reason why none of them have managed to do so. We have a player collecting a hefty pay packet for not doing a great deal. It may seem like I am launching an attack on one player here but Gabby is a senior member of our squad, a player others should look up to. Maybe Lambert and past managers see something in Agbonlahor that I obviously do not. Why has nobody ever really realised that Gabby is a poor player? His stats speak for themselves. His actual ability is questionable. The table I discovered below shows this:
We cannot hold on to passengers, especially this summer. Gabby’s supposed fire and passion for Aston Villa have not even burned brightly this season. I believe it is time to let go of our own Villan: he is too inconsistent, he cannot do the simple things well and even when he runs at players he looks like he will lose the ball.
Agbonlahor would struggle to get into any side in the Premier League. On paper, Villa’s team is arguably the worst side of them all. Cardiff, Fulham, and Norwich all have better quality players. You could build a decent side out of their players. I do not think one Villa player would feature in a starting XI made up of players from the bottom five teams.
Agbonlahor is past it now. Despite rumoured interest from Leicester City, I cannot see him going but I honestly do not see why he is still picked week in, week out.