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Villa’s Actim ace is Gunner be great

Villa’s Actim ace is Gunner be great

After Gabriel Agbonlahor pledged his future to Aston Villa amidst reported interest from Arsenal, the Actim Index - the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League - looks at how he shapes up alongside Gunners hotshot Emmanuel Adebayor.

The 21-year-old England Under-21 star has enjoyed a sparkling campaign so far with five league goals to his credit against seven Premier League strikes for the Togo international.

The pair are running virtually neck and neck in this season's Actim Index, Adebayor in seventh place with 210 points and Agbonlahor three places back with 204.

It's an impressive return for Martin O'Neill's youngster, who has seen his goals come from just 14 shots on target and 10 off.

Adebayor is just as lethal, scoring almost a goal for almost every two shots on target.

They are well-matched in other departments also, Adebayor responsible for nine dribbles to his rival's 14 but having just five crosses to Agbonlahor's nine.

The Gunner does, however, have the highest score of the season between the two, earning 56 points during his side's defeat of Derby back in September, Agbonlahor's highest so far this term coming with 40 points in the 2-0 victory over Chelsea earlier that month.

Rumours have persisted the country's top clubs are eyeing a £15million swoop for his services but Agbonlahor said: 'I'm flattered to hear things like being linked with Arsenal, but it's pure speculation.

'I'm playing for my hometown club, things are going really well and I'm happy at Villa.'

The Actim Index is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player’s contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, assists, clean sheets, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday November 20 2007
Time: 4:49PM


Second season proves a player, and this one looks like he has the world at his feet! He should be in over Darren Bent, without a doubt, awful McClown. Gabi Agbonlahor
20/11/2007 17:04:00
Yeah, definately no 2nd season syndrome in young Gabby. He just seems to get better and better with every game he plays.
20/11/2007 17:06:00
beggars belief mcclown has picked bent for the squad over the most in form english striker in premiership right now which is indeed gabby. total and utter joke mclaren is and continues 2 make staggering decisions.
Belfast Villain
20/11/2007 17:39:00
I think Gabby has a great future for england but walcott should really be getting in in front of bent.
20/11/2007 19:34:00
Agreed. Gabby is nowhere near ready for a full England call-up.
20/11/2007 20:36:00
I really dont want either Walcott or Gabby in the England team yet because i am having to much fun watching them tear defenses to shreads in the U-21 ranks!! :)
20/11/2007 22:01:00
Since when has an England manager picked the most in-form striker? If so, Owen would never start! Gabby will be awesome for England - but let him develop a bit more first. He will be a regular in 2 years time.
20/11/2007 22:20:00
I like Emmanuel Adebayor, rate him highly. Indeed, if Crouch had half his ability, then I might just join the clamour to bring him back to VP. That Gabby compares so favourably to Adebayor is a tribute to our youngster.
20/11/2007 22:42:00
You have some very classy young forwards there at Villa Park. Moore, Gabby and Young are all class acts but I dont think Wenger will be after any of them personally. If he were going for Young, who is best suited to our system and in our least filled position, it would've been last January. I hope you keep hold of them three for a long time to come as Villa are one of the few clubs in the PL I have a soft spot for.
Ozi Gooner
21/11/2007 01:23:00
He does look good. Lets hope he doesn't become a over paid nob like Dyer or Anotn Ferdinand.
Real Deal
21/11/2007 08:46:00
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