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Gabby Told To Leave Off The Weights

Gerard Houllier has said he wants Gabby Agbonlahor to lay of the weights a little and protect his blistering pace from here on in.

Speaking to a variety of press, (but these quotes taken from the Daily Mail) Gerard warned Gabby that hitting the gym will not help him recover his form following a spate of injuries and illness but if he works too hard pumping the iron, he's worried his pace will suffer.

'He's shown in terms of speed and goalscoring he has qualities of a high level. Unfortunately his injuries have set him back. When you build up too much it affects your joints and muscle. The fact is, I think he should stop, he's too stocky.'

Houllier adds to this that Gabby is almost a completely different physique and type of player to the one he expected from watching on French TV.

'The Gabby I saw when watching TV was different from what I see here. He was thinner, more wiry and wow, quick.'

I think Gabby bulking up has certainly aided his game, to be honest he's never been one to really attack the channels, or drift wide and come in on an angle looking for a deep ball over the top so the layer of pace he has obviously lost due to bulking up isn't really a concern...in fact I think he's gained far more from becoming slightly more physical than he's lost.

But it's easy to take Gerard's point that maybe he has the balance now between strength and pace and he should keep it to this to maximise both attributes.

Or to put it another way, who gives a FIFA voting delegate if he scores a hattrick tonight!

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 1 2010

Time: 9:32AM

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You would of thought in this very professional world that the trainers etc would of monitored Gabby's weights program to an inch , monitored his speed, flexibility, reaction time.... everything. MR H has obviously bought this to the club, must admit I like to get comments from a manager that are direct and not just pampering to big names and ego's.
Eddy1
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01/12/2010 10:04:00

I think Ged talks too much is my opinion
Pancho Villan
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01/12/2010 10:19:00

At the end of the day pace is Gabby's biggest asset. If he didn't have that I don't think he'd be a premier league player so I can see GH's point. Lets feed him some killer balls behind the last defender tonight!
Valiant Villan™
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01/12/2010 10:29:00

I agree with Houllier.
144wittonlane
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01/12/2010 10:34:00

I'm with Pancho - every day I hear something new out of his mouth about someone. Part of me appreciates his honesty and forwardness, and then the other part of me thinks it should be between player and manager.
los_angeles_villan
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01/12/2010 17:58:00

I think that definitely criticism should be kept between player and manager but this isn't a criticism.
Adam Deuce
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01/12/2010 18:29:00

 

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