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The World (Cup) Is At Gabby's Feet

Ashley Young says that Gabby Agbonlahor's start to the season means he must be in contention for the England squad.

Ash, who has yet to really take off form wise this season told the Express & Star:

'Gabby has been brilliant for us from the start of the season.'

Adding on the England set up: 'He’s not been in the squad the last couple of games and he finds himself in a situation like I was at one stage last season. You have to get your head down and do well for the club. As long as he is doing that for the club you will always get that recognition with England and, if he keeps going the way he is, I don’t think he can be left out of the squad.'

Suppose the one problem for Gabby is the sparking form of Spurs striker Jermain Defoe who is starting to look the business for England, however Gabby has youth on his side as well as the fact he is now bulking up and maturing as a main line striker.

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This really does need to be a great season for Gabby if he truly is looking to push on and be a serious contender for England at the World Cup next year. To be fair, he has a good chance to push in as a squad member if he keeps his early form up (3 PL goals and 1 in the league cup) although as he is only just 23 this month, he has time on his hands and will probably be a more serious condender come the world cup after next, making him a similar age to Defoe now and hopefully at his very peak.

You tend to forget the lad is so young as he appears to have been around for so long now, his name first came to prominance in the reserves where he was always scoring 2 or 3 goals and has made a steady introduction to the main team with a consistent contribution goals wise (PL 2006-2007 9 goals, PL 2007-2008 11 goals and PL 2008-2009 12 goals)

Basically, the world is at his feet....!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 1 2009

Time: 6:07PM

Your Comments

You do forget the lad is still learning and only 22 (23 this month), still bags of potential and nowhere near his potential!
The Fear
You do forget the lad is still learning and only 22 (23 this month), still bags of potential and nowhere near his potential!
The Fear
not looking for a fight but i have to say that my impression of Agbonlahor is if you are a Villa fan he is the mutts nuts, if not you really cant see the big deal. I see no improvement since he first burst on to the scene (2 years ago now?) and rally expected him to kick on. Please tell me what he is so good at coz i am willing to be put right. Then again i dont see him week in week out. Thinking about it i think the same could possibly be said about Young. He started like a train and looks to me like he has reached his potential and what you see now could well be what you are going to get. God im confusing myself now as i suppose (as a spurs fan) we had the same problem with lennon last year but look at him this year. Antway, back to Gabby... is he any good? not for me thanks...
whitey0372
not looking for a fight but i have to say that my impression of Agbonlahor is if you are a Villa fan he is the mutts nuts, if not you really cant see the big deal. I see no improvement since he first burst on to the scene (2 years ago now?) and rally expected him to kick on. Please tell me what he is so good at coz i am willing to be put right. Then again i dont see him week in week out. Thinking about it i think the same could possibly be said about Young. He started like a train and looks to me like he has reached his potential and what you see now could well be what you are going to get. God im confusing myself now as i suppose (as a spurs fan) we had the same problem with lennon last year but look at him this year. Antway, back to Gabby... is he any good? not for me thanks...
whitey0372
not sure if that impression is right to be honest whitey, think I've seen a lot about him in the press and some of the fan interviews I do have him listed as a player some would fancy in their team. thing is, the next season or two is really when we will start to see if he can push on and develop, as said in the article, Defoe at 26 is now starting to look the complete player, Gabby is only just coming up to 23. He can look awfully lazy at times but then, that can be said about many many strikers including the true greats like Fowler, Owen, van Nistelroy etc who look like they are doing nothing and then pop up and score the winner. So too young to write him off, also too soon to laud him as the next big thing. As the title suggests, the rest is up to Gabby.
The Fear
not sure if that impression is right to be honest whitey, think I've seen a lot about him in the press and some of the fan interviews I do have him listed as a player some would fancy in their team. thing is, the next season or two is really when we will start to see if he can push on and develop, as said in the article, Defoe at 26 is now starting to look the complete player, Gabby is only just coming up to 23. He can look awfully lazy at times but then, that can be said about many many strikers including the true greats like Fowler, Owen, van Nistelroy etc who look like they are doing nothing and then pop up and score the winner. So too young to write him off, also too soon to laud him as the next big thing. As the title suggests, the rest is up to Gabby.
The Fear
Programmes such as MOTD can be very misleading with their footage, as West Ham fans will tell you in regards to James Collins. (Thought O'Hara played well against us when we played Pompey this season but I don't even think we got a glimpse of him on MOTD.) But I am more than happy for non-Villan's to consider Gabby as little threat.
StuLinney
Programmes such as MOTD can be very misleading with their footage, as West Ham fans will tell you in regards to James Collins. (Thought O'Hara played well against us when we played Pompey this season but I don't even think we got a glimpse of him on MOTD.) But I am more than happy for non-Villan's to consider Gabby as little threat.
StuLinney
as i stated i think you really need to see the guy in the flesh and will bow to your better judgement. I guess we all have players that we think are the dogs * and others that we cannot stand even though they bang in the goals week in week out. Ultimately he is your player and fair play. Would i swap any of our 4 at Spurs for him... dont think so. Would i swap him for Bentley ... definately!!!
whitey0372
as i stated i think you really need to see the guy in the flesh and will bow to your better judgement. I guess we all have players that we think are the dogs * and others that we cannot stand even though they bang in the goals week in week out. Ultimately he is your player and fair play. Would i swap any of our 4 at Spurs for him... dont think so. Would i swap him for Bentley ... definately!!!
whitey0372
Gaby really could be a world class striker ... if only he had a couple more brain cells. Unfortunately, you can't get them at the gym. At least I don't think you can.
Beovilla
Gaby really could be a world class striker ... if only he had a couple more brain cells. Unfortunately, you can't get them at the gym. At least I don't think you can.
Beovilla
9, 11 & 12 goals in the past three seasons and 3 (5 in 5 in all competitions) already this season is pretty good for a player his age IMO. Plus now he's bulked up he is scaring defenders to death. He seems determined to improve his game with his summer spent in the gym a perfect example. These accusations of looking lazy make me laugh. ALL top strikers look disinterested at various points in a game. Surely this is a trick to lull defenders into a false sense of security?!?! I personally am very pleased Gabby is Villa through and through.
Adam Deuce
9, 11 & 12 goals in the past three seasons and 3 (5 in 5 in all competitions) already this season is pretty good for a player his age IMO. Plus now he's bulked up he is scaring defenders to death. He seems determined to improve his game with his summer spent in the gym a perfect example. These accusations of looking lazy make me laugh. ALL top strikers look disinterested at various points in a game. Surely this is a trick to lull defenders into a false sense of security?!?! I personally am very pleased Gabby is Villa through and through.
Adam Deuce
I think he went through a period where he was running around not achieving much then running the whole game looking dangerous and being unlucky not to score. Now he's added goals to his game he's looking pretty good . I just wish his name was Smith . (only joking .. be proud of your name)
Doug4ever
I think he went through a period where he was running around not achieving much then running the whole game looking dangerous and being unlucky not to score. Now he's added goals to his game he's looking pretty good . I just wish his name was Smith . (only joking .. be proud of your name)
Doug4ever
Just fails to Impress although his scoring record this season has been brilliant.
col8
Just fails to Impress although his scoring record this season has been brilliant.
col8
When he's fresh he is great, if MON runs him into the dirt again then he'll start to look less than ordinary. Hopefuly he's learnt his lesson though and will give him a rest before that. Would like to see the Fonz given some minutes to benefit both players.
MOGVILLA
When he's fresh he is great, if MON runs him into the dirt again then he'll start to look less than ordinary. Hopefuly he's learnt his lesson though and will give him a rest before that. Would like to see the Fonz given some minutes to benefit both players.
MOGVILLA
Honestly, we have a squad of players which could still create a starting XI in 10 years time! Think how young this side is! Guzan, Lichaj, Lowry, Clarke, Milner, Young, Delph, Gardner, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Agbonlahor. All 23 or younger! Thats without including Bannan etc.
deano.avfc
Honestly, we have a squad of players which could still create a starting XI in 10 years time! Think how young this side is! Guzan, Lichaj, Lowry, Clarke, Milner, Young, Delph, Gardner, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Agbonlahor. All 23 or younger! Thats without including Bannan etc.
deano.avfc
 

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