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Gabby Did Hit The Gym, Not The KFC!

Gabby Did Hit The Gym, Not The KFC!

As many of us suspected given Gabby's new 'more rotund' shape this season, he did spend the summer in the gym because he wants to add more to his game than pace.

Very good article on the official site over Gabby's desire to bulk up so he wasn't just reliant on his pace for this coming campaign if the truth be told.

Yes it's nothing most of us hadn't realised once we saw him return, it was obvious he'd bulked up and been working out but now we have it confirmed and it was for a very good reason to!

Fair play Gabby, alot of players will leave for the summer break, do the bare minimum training wise but very few you would presume make a concerted effort to improve themselves like Mr Agbonlahor has done.

The whole idea is, Gabby is fed up of being bullied by the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. He's got bored ending up on his backside when he has a physical challenge on the pitch, so he's decided to give some back.

'I did a lot of work during the holidays. I was doing a fair bit of weight training to improve my physique.

'I just don't want to get bullied up front and I don't want to get easily pushed off the ball by these experienced defenders.'

He says seeing the likes of Carew of Heskey being physically able to keep control of a ball in a tussle was something he desperately wanted to do - especially as many would admit Gabby has looked at his best in a 451, but the training was planned to give him the best of both worlds.

Bulk up, without actually losing his pace.

'It's obviously important I don't lose my speed in the process - it's a balancing act but I think I've got it spot on, so I'm happy.

'The gaffer wants me to stop now because he doesn't want me to lose that speed up front.'

So welcome to Gabby Mk2 - pace and strength. It certainly worked against Liverpool, less so against Fulham but we still won, let's hope we have more Liverpool's as the months progress.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday September 9 2009
Time: 4:49PM

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Hope he hasn't lost a few yards of pace as personally I dont think he's got the touch, creativity or aerial ability to make it without his blistering pace. Maybe he should have concentrated on his finishing and composure this summer rather than eating whole chickens.
son_of_cher
09/09/2009 17:20:00
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Hope he hasn't lost a few yards of pace as personally I dont think he's got the touch, creativity or aerial ability to make it without his blistering pace. Maybe he should have concentrated on his finishing and composure this summer rather than eating whole chickens.
son_of_cher
09/09/2009 17:20:00
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Glad to see him working hard in the off-season & not simply fannying about in his white lambo. I think Gabby get's a lot of undeserved stick and has played well up front on his own, which is a pretty thankless task and always a challenge for such a young player. Good to see a young player working hard to improve which can only be good for Villa
RoyalVilla
09/09/2009 18:21:00
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Glad to see him working hard in the off-season & not simply fannying about in his white lambo. I think Gabby get's a lot of undeserved stick and has played well up front on his own, which is a pretty thankless task and always a challenge for such a young player. Good to see a young player working hard to improve which can only be good for Villa
RoyalVilla
09/09/2009 18:21:00
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Yep. agree with RV^. Good choice Gabby.
footy_fans
09/09/2009 18:50:00
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Yep. agree with RV^. Good choice Gabby.
footy_fans
09/09/2009 18:50:00
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I agree RoyalVilla, he gets too much undeserved stick. He already has more than just 'pace' ......... he also has stamina and a brilliant work ethic, and runs his ass off for 90 mins every game creating openings and opportunities for our attack minded and pacey wingers/midfielders. (although towards the end of last season he started to look tired .....mind you so would i if i had to put in the kind of shift he did for the number of games he played last season).
AV-Damo
09/09/2009 18:55:00
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I agree RoyalVilla, he gets too much undeserved stick. He already has more than just 'pace' ......... he also has stamina and a brilliant work ethic, and runs his ass off for 90 mins every game creating openings and opportunities for our attack minded and pacey wingers/midfielders. (although towards the end of last season he started to look tired .....mind you so would i if i had to put in the kind of shift he did for the number of games he played last season).
AV-Damo
09/09/2009 18:55:00
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certainly developing from the skinny slip of a lad who first came into the reserves and then first team. Must have been some regime this summer to pack on the muscle!
The Fear
09/09/2009 19:34:00
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certainly developing from the skinny slip of a lad who first came into the reserves and then first team. Must have been some regime this summer to pack on the muscle!
The Fear
09/09/2009 19:34:00
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