Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

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.

Bookmark and Share



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

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

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

Comments

0
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
Yep. agree with RV^. Good choice Gabby.
footy_fans
09/09/2009 18:50:00
0
Yep. agree with RV^. Good choice Gabby.
footy_fans
09/09/2009 18:50:00
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Joleon Lescott To Sort Out Tweet, It Wasn't Meant

Plenty to be angry about after today and the 6-0 humiliation from a pretty average Liverpool team, this tweet isn't one of them.

Lescott Should Stick To Spitting Games

With no apology forthcoming following spitgate but some kind of bounce in performances in recent matches, it appears Joleon Lescott may be sending fans a message...

Humiliation & An Apology From Garde

Manager Remi Garde has spoken of his humiliation following today's six nil hammering by Liverpool at Villa Park.

Stats: Aston Villa v Liverpool

All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (6) Liverpool, Villa Park, 14/2/16 Att: 35,798

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Profile
Mike Field
Profile
Steve Wade
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
Profile
Turkish Penguin
Profile
Glensider
Profile
Chris Heath
Profile
M Calucar
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Liverpool MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn8%
Richards0%
Okore0%
Lescott9%
Cissokho0%
Bacuna0%
Westwood0%
Gana22%
Veretout4%
Gil31%
Agbonlahor0%
Sub - Sinclair4%
Sub - Lyden22%
Sub - Hutton0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 26 11 8 7 41 9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 40 10
7 West Ham 26 10 10 6 40 9
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 36 1
9 Stoke 26 10 6 10 36 -5
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 35 11
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 33 2
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 32 -5
14 WBA 26 8 8 10 32 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 6 9 11 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 6 6 14 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 6 6 14 24 -22
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Prost wants three-way battle for title
Latest Vital Boxing News
Martin Predicts Victories For.............
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions672
2.The Fear357
3.Fulford331
4.ClivetheVillan329
5.sirdennis211
6.JuanPabloAngel202
7.revdpete187
8.DeanoVilla149
9.Wurzel135
10.Silhillvilla133
The Vital Football Members League