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Gabby Hopes He's Silenced The Critics

Gabby Hopes He's Silenced The Critics

Gabby Agbonlahor is hoping he has proved that he's not a one season wonder and he's as pleased as punch with another England call up.

The 21 year old speedy striker has his critics, I'm one of them simply because I don't believe he is clinical enough in front of goal, but he's ended this season with a total of 11 and again finds himself in Fabio Capello's plans.

Speaking on the official site, Gabby said:

'I definitely feel I've had a good season. I was keen to make people realise I could have another good one and I have pushed on more.

'I've proved the doubters wrong and hopefully shut my critics up now.

'I'm really pleased to get my call-up again after missing out earlier in the season when I got injured at Fulham.'

There's no doubt Gabby has improved but I fail to see how he has shut his critics up. He's still far from the complete player, he's still far from clinical enough and it still disappointing given his pace that he doesn't play off the last man, hit the channels or arc down the wings often enough.

But he has improved and O'Neill has had him working on his weaknesses. He isn't a one season wonder but at the moment there's very little to differentiate him from Lukr Moore, who I think is the better player.

Next season will be a big season for Gabby, he needs to show he can improve further, he needs to work hard over the summer and he needs to hit the ground running.

If he can do that, there's no doubt whether there is a player in there, just depends on how good a player is in there.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday May 13 2008
Time: 3:07PM

Comments

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Well you havent silenced me, your postioning and anticipation needs improving, then you will be a top player.
young_jonah
13/05/2008 15:20:00
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Luke Moore a better player? What have you been drinking?
hedley
13/05/2008 18:51:00
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What critics? and the luke moore comment are you on drugs?
chris the villan
13/05/2008 20:26:00
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Luke moore is a better footballer, I still prefer Gabby though and I think eventually he will be the better player of the 2. Gabby has got alot more attention and if he gets chances to play for England it could help him further.
PTP
14/05/2008 00:31:00
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I think you really need to take a look at the Opta Index, Gabbi has been great this year, more assists etc. I think the players voting him player of the year really speaks volumes especially over Laursen and Young. Gabbi could potentially be one of the best players to be seen down Villa Park for many a year. You are really a million miles off the mark with the comparison to Luke Moore, their attitudes are a million miles apart, that is why Gabbi plays for a top 6 premier league club week in week out.
KSarge1
14/05/2008 09:22:00
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yeah, Gabs has been a bit of a rooney this season. A lot of what he does goes unnoticed because he is branded a "striker". I liked Luke Moore last year and defended him up until recently but Gabby is leaps and bounds better than Moore on all fronts. He doesn't even look that good in West Broms championship attack.
simonbigron
14/05/2008 13:21:00
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Luke Moore is the better player, but Lukes problem is he cant be bothered, his attitude stinks, Gabby is improving all the time and has the right mindset, I like Gabby, just wish he would link up with Carew better.
young_jonah
14/05/2008 13:43:00
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Every time I see Gabby he looks like a 1 trick pony. When he loses his pace he will be better because he will have to add more strings to his bow ala Michael Owen. RE: Luke Moore, agree with YJ, his touch is better but his attitude isn't.
Villan444
14/05/2008 17:39:00
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Cant quite understand why Gabby has his critics, after all here is a very talented young individual, still very much learning his trade, who without question made definite strides forward throughout the last campaign. He is a current England under 21 international, a member of Fabio Capello's full England squad, and a player who last season tested the very best defences in the land, scoring against many of them, due to his pace and ever improving all-round ability. If Luke Moore is a better player than Gabby, then I've learned absolutely nothing in my close to fifty years of watching football in general, and AVFC in particular.
glensider
15/05/2008 17:16:00
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