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Villa's Gabby vows to improve

Villa's Gabby vows to improve

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has promised to put his summer England under-21 mix-up behind him and concentrate all of his efforts on performing better than ever for the club.

The 20-year-old hit the headlines prior to the European Under-21 Championship after he couldn't be tracked down by Stuart Pearce and subsequently missed the chance to play in the tournament. Villa boss Martin O'Neill stressed the issue was just a mix-up.

Agbonlahor is now focussing on holding down a regular first-team place and scoring more than the nine goals his did last season, when he made the breakthrough to the senior side. However, his goal tally will largely depend on whether he is asked to play out wide again and whether he is given the nod over new-signing Marlon Harewood.

Gabby told the Mirror: 'Some people will be expecting me to fail but I have to come back flying. My next big challenge is proving I can be a success in my second season but I'm ready to continue working hard to make sure I keep on improving.

'There is no chance of me falling back through lack of effort as doing well at Villa means a lot. I've got friends and family who support them as well people where I grew up.'

The speedy striker may have to make a tough decision off the pitch in the near future relating to his international career. Although Gabby has played for the England under-21 side, he is also eligible to play for Nigeria and Scotland. While he has previously stressed his ambitions lie with England, there have been reports that Scotland are trying to court him.

But wherever his future lies in the international arena, at least Villa have one on the hottest young prospects in the Premier league - a prospect that could go on to become on of the finest players of his generation.

Date:Tuesday July 24 2007
Time: 12:25PM


Surely there is no one at Villa who would be expecting him to fail, I mean who in their right mind would support a club expecting things to fail?
Hoss The Villain
24/07/2007 13:07:00
I think if Gabby's given the oppurtunity up front next season then he could hit a lot more, who knows, he may turn out to be our 20+ striker! I'm not worried about are strikers next season, i'm just hoping MON gets a real right winger so he can play upfront!
24/07/2007 13:35:00
Agreed Makai, the occasions he played up front he scored goals. If a right winger comes in Gabby would be fighting it out with Carew, Harewood, Moore and Maloney for a place in the team which can only be healthy for the Club.
Hoss The Villain
24/07/2007 13:40:00
Very important season ahead for Gabby. He needs to overcome the 'second season syndrome' that has temporarily halted the progress and development of many exciting youngsters within the game over the years, but few can doubt that he has the ability, the tenacity, and the attitude to take his game to another level. Going to be very exciting watching the in-house battle between Gabby and Luke, to see who can establish themself as our number one homegrown goalscoring talent.
24/07/2007 14:11:00
Are your fans getting edgy? Have you let more players go than you have signed? All quiet on the transfer front after a big build up? ...............What you need is a MEDIA STORY. Yes, a media story from your existing players can help re-raise the optimism that you will do better next season with a smaller squad. Media stories cost nothing and fill up those internet inches your looking for. Media stories - putting the 'um' back in to summer. Available now from your local journalist.
24/07/2007 15:42:00
I really like Agbonlahor but I hope Steibler overshines him next season
24/07/2007 15:56:00
Are you bitter and twisted… Don’t you just hate it when players have ambitions to want achieve things… Have you spent the last few years pursuing other hobbies than supporting your Club… Has the British summer dampened your golf course… What you need is your prognostic armchair Villa fan to brighten your day and put the um back into glum.
Hoss The Villain
24/07/2007 16:05:00
Was that aimed at me?
24/07/2007 16:14:00
No read above you. Tyls has returned from the wilderness after a year playing golf :-)
Hoss The Villain
24/07/2007 16:16:00
lol Tyler is speaking like he aint a Villa fan
24/07/2007 16:20:00
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