Former Aston Villa striker Brian Little has claimed that the club should consider keeping Gabriel Agbonlahor beyond his current contract. The 27-year-old came through the ranks at Aston Villa, but he is widely expected to leave the club next summer. He is out of contract in 12 months and the financial situation surrounding Villa is looking bleak. Hence, there is a possibility that he may not be offered a new deal and will be forced out of the club. Villa only recently parted ways with the likes of Marc Albrighton, who came through the ranks and established themselves as Premier League players.
After a lot of signings during the periods of Martin O’Neill and Alex McLeish, Villa have been left with Agbonlahor as the club’s longest serving player. He has been at the club since 2006. There are number of key players entering into the final year of his contract at Villa. Aside from Agbonlahor, Villa are also in danger of losing Fabian Delph. The England midfielder could be a target for most top clubs given his performances in recent years. Little has claimed that Agbonlahor may not be a transfer target for the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, but he has proved over the years that he is a very good Premier League player with a touch of versatility.
“If Agbonlahor went I would see quite a few Premier League clubs wanting him, so he’s worth hanging on to. I’m not saying Chelsea and Arsenal and Liverpool and Manchester City would want him. But I would think most of the teams in the Premier League would look and think ‘he’s available, we’ll have him’. He’s a Premier League player and that’s what you judge people on, if you’re available how many people would want you and I think quite a few clubs would want him,” said Little.