Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has claimed former England international Gabby Agbonlahor is his Aston Villa hero.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has stressed that the club are no longer yearning to offload their key players to balance their financial books. Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak had recently been tipped to leave the Villains being the highest earner with them but Bruce has now indicated that the club are in a better financial position following the change of ownership.
Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is set to end his stay at the club at the end of the season. The 31-year old forward is expected to see off his contract this summer and the club has decided not to renew it, bringing to an end a 17-year partnership.
He was also a key part of triumvirate attack that included now Man United fullback Ashley Young and John Carew. He steadily increased his goals’ tally from 10 in 2006 to his career best of 16 a season at the end of the 2009/10. His strong form helped him make the senior team of England in late 2008, with top sides seeking his signature.
Agbonlahor scored some important goals for Villa. He was on target when Villa defeated Man United for the first time in December 2009. He was also the lead attacker as they crushed the other club in Manchester about a year earlier. He produced great performances against Arsenal and Chelsea around that time as well.
However, after the exit of Martin O’Neill, under whose management he really flourished, Gabby’s performances started to fluctuate when Gerard Houllier started calling the shots in 2010. From there on, even with new managers his performances became more of average. Then there were the issues with Remi Garde and then his fitness issues. He had to resign his captaincy and his descent from then on is well-documented.
Obviously he failed to end his career on a high that is if it has really ended, amid talks of the Major League Soccer. Many would insist that he remains a legend at Villa for his loyalty at least. Some others would quickly point to his complacency in the last few years.
Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor has not featured for the club since the beginning of September in the game against Brentford. The striker has only just returned to full training recently after three months on the sidelines due to calf injury.
Coach Steve Bruce hopes the star returns to action this festive season to help out. The club is without Jonathan Kodija, who has been sidelined for the rest of the season due to ankle issues. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Scott Hogan are also sidelined due to knee and stomach issues respectively.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has opened up on the injuries of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Josh Onomah after the victory against Norwich City at Villa Park.
Gabby missed the 4-2 win over the Canaries as Keinan Davis stepped up for the start. The 19-year old striker was impressive in the role. Aside Agbonlahor, Scott Hogan missed the game as he was fully recovered from his ankle problem. He was placed on the sub list though. Mile Jedinak also missed out after complains of feeling sore upon return to training. Onomah featured in the game but was pulled out after a head injury.
“Hogan wasn’t fit enough to start and Gabby had a bit of twinge in his back. Josh has got a head injury, we don’t know how bad he is but that was a bit disappointing. Mike was close but was sore yesterday with the work we’ve put into him, so we’ll see how he is in the week,” the manager said.
The victory comes after a 2-1 loss to Reading a week earlier. The team was brilliant against City as they won their first Championship game of the season. ConorHourihane grabbed a hat trick, netting in the 22nd minute before adding two in the second half. Andre Green was also on target, grabbing a goal late in the first half. Josh Murphy and Nelson Oliveiria scored the goals for the visitors.
Hourihane scored the consolation when they played guests at Reading the week before. He combined with Agbonlahor for that goal and would be pleased to have impressed in the veteran’s absence.
Gabby Agbonlahor said that he is ready for the new season and that he is working hard in training.
Gabby Agbonlahor said that last season was quite difficult for him as he was frozen out of the team at the start of the season. Indeed Roberto di Matteo did not allow the player to play for the team and he was only reinstated in the team when Steve Bruce took control of the team.
He said that he made the most of the few minutes that he had in the team and that he is looking for something different this season. He believes that he is in good form and that he can help the team score some important goals.
This would be the 12th year that Gabby Agbonlahor will be spending at the club, and he would want it to be quite memorable. He said that there is a good atmosphere in the team and that each player is looking forward for the new season.
He said that the signing of a quality player such as John Terry has brought excitement around the team and that they cannot wait for the new season to start. He said that there is a good mixture of young and old players in the team and this could allow them to last the whole campaign.
He admitted that his fitness level was not quite good last season due to the fact that he did not get enough playing time in the team but he wants to make it differently this season.
Gabby Agbonlahor said that he has early and that he has started working on his fitness level so as to be ready for the new season.
In recent years, Gabriel Agbonlahor has failed to score goals on a consistent basis for Aston Villa.
The veteran English forward has recently even gone through a goal drought which extends for over 1 year but during Aston Villa’s English Championship League match against Birmingham City which was played on April 23 of 2017, Agbonlahor was the only player who scored a goal in this game as he ended his dry spell of goals.
This goal that Gabriel Agbonlahor does not really make an impact to Aston Villa as they are safely above the relegation zone and reaching a promotion spot is already out of their realm of possibility, so this goal and victory does not have any significant influence towards the end of the season for Aston Villa but nonetheless, it still was hugely symbolic for Agbonlahor as he even went on to his social media instagram account and said:
“On a personal note it’s been a bad few years for me on the pitch but I’m only looking forward now to many more games for this great club’’
‘’P.s Sunday was my favorite goal in all my derby games.”
Gabriel Agbonlahor was recently being linked with a potential move to another club, rumors were suggesting that the 30 year old attacker could be interested or that he was thinking about making a move to the MLS but with this message that Agbonlahor released on his social media account, it seems like he wants Free Bets Now to continue performing for Aston Villa.
Many would not agree that Alan Hutton is the fastest player at Aston Villa after a report named him as such; the player has given the tag to former skipper Gabriel Agbonlahor.
“Gabby. He’s still got that five or ten yards burst of pace. Definitely him,” Hutton said without hesitation.
The player is recovering fast. He sent messages to the fans through his Instagram handle.
“When they think ur finished but you come back fighting. Last stage of rehab nearly done see u soon,” the veteran striker posted with a picture of himself at Bodymoor Heath alongside his teammates.
The player sustained the injury during a training session ahead of the Nottingham Forest match. He has been working hard at regaining full fitness.
“Gabby has a bad one, just as he was getting back to being Gabby, he has suffered this injury. His hamstring has gone and it’s a shame for him. I was really pleased with how he had played against Preston North End,” Coach Steve Bruce said.
The soccer legend is yet to score since February last year when he grabbed a goal in the 2-0 victory over Norwich. Many have asked that the player retire from the game but he has been working hard at reclaiming his past glory so he can exit on a high. The 30-year old has played his entire career at Aston Villa. He has had loan spells at Watford and Sheffield Wednesday in the2005/06 season but has remained with the club all through, despite big opportunities when he was in his prime.
Despite a battling but flawed display by Mile Jedinak, Aston Villa’s ace man, they could not head on to win and stop their defeat by Norwich.
However, the Canaries emerged as the victors in the recent game, coming off with a 1-0 win over their opponents, by a goal scored by Nelson Oliveira. The likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, had been unsurprisingly turgid in the game.
However, one player who performed exceptionally well, and kept on battling till the game came to an end was Mile Jedinak, an Australian International, who recently moved in the summer from Crystal Place.
In the defensive aspect of the game, Jedinak performed creditably well and was able to produce a committed display.
He was so exceptional that he was able to handle seven interceptions, while winning four tackles and making a total of six clearances. In each of these, he had done more than any of the other midfielders on the pitch ever did. Also, he was able to block two efforts sent in by Norwich that was clearly bound for the goal.
However, one flaw in his performance, was in possession. Jedinak was only able to complete 54 percent of his passes, making him the lowest out of all players in Aston Villa’s outfield.
He however, should be commended for his input in the game. Compared to fellow team mate, Ashley Westwood who completed a total of 85 percent but could only attempt 21, in 90 minutes, he had done quite well.
Even though Aston Vila could not go on to win, he has drawn quite some attention to himself.
Roberto Martinez is looking to further cull his team currently playing in the English Championship, after their relegation from top flight football.
The £7 million addition from Barcelona Adama Traore is set to join former long term skipper Gabriel Agbonlahor as they exit the club this summer.
Agbonlahor used to be the star of the team, having played for no other club despite the offers then. His form deteriorated to an unacceptable level, and his off-the-field issues hastened his downfall. He remains Villa’s highest goal scorer with the 73 goals in 322 games record. He couldn’t help the team when they really needed him last term, scoring only one goal. His current deal runs till 2018 but the club is willing to allow a free transfer after coach Roberto Di Matteo told him he was not part of the season’s plans. True to his word, he was excluded from the list that lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the season opener.
Agbonlahor said his goodbye through his social media account when he posted: “Thank u [you] for all your support but sometimes good things come to an end.” Following the Chinese takeover, Agbonlahor would be off the club’s books, with the club making additions. Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford and Huddersfield player Nahki Wells are said to be the top of Di Matteo’s list.
Aside the positions in the front, Villa are reported to be willing to splash £3 million to get Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin. The club made him the next likely target as they continue work on getting Leicester City’s Ritchie De Laet before the transfer window closes. 23-year old Yedlin is set to leave White Hart Lane this season, leaving Villa to take advantage. West Brom defender James Chester is one the radar as well, despite six signings under the new owner so far.