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Ag-gone-lahor? Would You Let Gabby Go?

Ag-gone-lahor? Would You Let Gabby Go?


I've been pondering the thought of a Villa team without Gabriel Agbonlahor recently...well, ever since Newcastle got shot of Andy Carroll really.

I really do wonder if we need to totally reshape our team and be brave enough to do it without the enigma that is Gabriel Agbonlahor?

Several important questions arise:

1) Will Gab score more than 12 in a EPL season, Cups not included?

2) Is it the previous managers fault he hasn't kicked on?

3) Are we brave enough to build around or transfer him out?

4) Are we able to attract the likes of Jordan Rhodes and other young, skillful and hungry strikes to AVFC?

5) Could we do a Newcastle and be that brave?

6) Are we ever going to have a decent scouting system? Be honest, be angry, be sad, but do ask yourself one more question: What does Gabby bring to the Villa?

Last season:

Robin van Persie 30 goals, 10 assists
Wayne Rooney 27 goals, 5 assists
Peter Crouch 10 goals, 5 assists
Steven Fletcher 12 goals, 2 assists
Peter Odemwingie 10 goals, 4 assists
Nicklas Bendtner 8 goals, 3 assists
Ivan Klasnic 8 goals, 4 assists
Shane Long 8 goals, 1 assist
Gabby 5 goals, 7 assists


Taking it a bit further... {JF}

Player profile:

His time at Villa:

2005/06 he played 9 times, (6 as a sub) 1 premiership goal.
2006/07 he played 38 games, 9 premiership goals, 2 Cup goals
2007/08 he played 37 games, 11 premiership goals
2008/09 he played 36 games, 12 premiership goals, plus one goal in Europe
2009/10 he played 36 games, 13 premiership goals, 1 FA Cup goal, 2 league cup goals.
2010/11 he played 25 games, 3 premiership goals, 1 league cup, 1 in Europe
2011/12 he played 33 games, 5 premiership goals, 1 FA Cup goal

So, the last two seasons, is that a lack of progress? Is that not liking a manager and not playing for them? Obviously he has also had injuries (hence 25 games in 2010/11) He is 25 now, a top striker would hope to be contributing more goals and assists now wouldn`t he? Interesting also the lack of interest in an international career, that suggests to me - and it could be totally the wrong assumption - that he isn`t exactly chomping at the bit?!

Wiki on Gabby (they are wrong 2008/09 goals, or the official site are, wiki says 11 and official site 12)

Interesting middle name, never heard this one before: Imuetinyan .

Our forum thread: Click Here

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Date:Wednesday May 30 2012
Time: 1:39PM


If think he needs to leave. He clearly cares about the club but I think we can buy a better striker for a similar fee to what we would receive.
30/05/2012 13:48:00
Nope. Gabby stays.
Smell The Glove
30/05/2012 13:48:00
No, we need to keep players here who have a passion and care for this club, Gabby bleeds Villa so do i also Gabby assists a heckof a lot for a striker as he has been played wide so many times, its not fair to compare him for the past two seasons against Van Persie etc as they are the strikers playing in there prefered position, Gabby will improve when Villa as a team improve
30/05/2012 13:50:00
Yes I would. He was good under Martin O'Neill, but never GREAT. Carew was always top scorer even though he played half a season most seasons (if my memory is correct, forgive me if it's slightly off). He can't finish properly, his movement off the ball is very poor, he's a one trick striker; all he has in his locker now is pace. We've seen what he is capable of, like at the start of last season he was on fire! Best form I've ever seen from him over 4 or 5 games, but then he did what he always did, he went over half a season without scoring. I would sell him. We could get £7M-£8M for him, I've no doubt Martin O'Neill would be interested. Bent, Weimann and two new strikers would do for me. I know Gabby loves Villa, and he's one of my favourite's at the club, but it really is time, for his sake and ours, that he moved on.
30/05/2012 13:58:00
We are not in a position to let anyone leave. We simply let the new man come in and let him decide what happens. I sort of understand the question, but it opens up a can of worms and creates an unecessary conversation that gets picked up by lazy journos. You can see the headlines, Villa fans want local boy to leave?? It is this negative questioning that seriously undermines the club and our supporters. Would much prefer a question that says 'who should we buying to help get Gabi back to his best?'
30/05/2012 13:58:00
Thats been one of Villa's problems, hanging onto players, the stats are against him, there are quite a few others the new manager has got to let go. tough job but has to be done. Vibrant Villa !
30/05/2012 13:59:00
Didn't look like he was bothered the last two seasons to me, looked sulky because Bent was furthest up front. Can he re-energise? He always impressed me before coming into the season fresh and strong, so maybe if he gets luck with no more injuries and likes the manager etc. For me last season his input, even when captain, was negligent. It is ok not to like the manager but whilst on the pitch? Bit split, if we replaced with better, (as we should always do when doing transfers) I'd not be gutted. But then, I'm not a sentimental sort!
The Fear
30/05/2012 14:05:00
I sincerely believe that if we got rid of this young man it would be a mistake on par with if not worse than getting rid of Cahill, Gabby when treated right and played in the right position would be an absolute nightmare for defenders, ask defenders who they hate playing against, and he's right up there. I certainly wouldn't judge him on his performances of late, injuries and match fitness have played a huge part, plus a touch of disenchantment perhaps? For me, he stays and has to earn his spot up front.
30/05/2012 14:08:00
I'd give him another few years, if he hasn't improved after that, I wouldn't be that bothered. The thing that frustrates me is that EVERY season, he does his disappearing act for the middle third of the season, always seems to get off to a start, but then what happens? Lack of fitness? Fatigue? Of course last season he started well and disappeared for the rest of the entire season. Not good enough Gabby. When he's on form he's a real threat and frightens defenders, when off form he's absolutely useless and a waste of a body on the pitch. Let's see what a new manager brings out in him.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
30/05/2012 14:09:00
Id keep him simply becuase he is Villa through and through...
30/05/2012 14:35:00
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