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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 .

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i would give him a lift to his new club if anyone wants to buy him
andy gray
31/05/2012 21:22:00
Gabby needs two things first of all to be fit and not playing carrying injuries which for my part explains some of the poor displays second a manager that believes in him gives him confidence and wont stick him out on the wing. In a day and age where footballers cant wait to make a fast buck is it not a good thing when you have one that wants to stay and play for the club ?.As for gabby and Benty not playing together up front cant think of more than 3-4 games where they have .How do you build an understanding in such a short time?.
31/05/2012 10:20:00
I think Gabby has to be given a proper run in his preferred centre forward position before he can be properly judged. If the new manager gives him a shot then I would reassess next year.
31/05/2012 10:17:00
Stenny that is a decent post imho. Steve Wade. I haven't missed many games and I can't recall the booing of gabi 'since God knows when'. I think the answer to that is it hasn't happened. Or I have gone deaf, pardon. Do you sit in a part of the ground that can not be heard from the top of the Holte because it most definitely hasn't happened up there?
31/05/2012 08:54:00
I'm in a minority here, but have never undersrtood what fans are on about when complaining about him being played out wide and out of position. I have seen no evidence he is a front line striker. He cannot lead the line and is never incisive enough to be a striker. He has looked great sometimes, including a couple of years under MON and the start of this season. But all his best work is done using his pace and played wide, cutting in and laying the ball back. If he can get back on track I'd keep hm, but would not say no if a big enough bid came in.
30/05/2012 20:04:00
It is not a question of whether Villa should sell, its a question whether he should stop. I think he has a duty to himself to find a club and a manager who can bring him back to the form which got him his three England caps. The fans have been booing him since god knows when and he has been messed about by the last two managers. He has been stuck out wide when it is obvious that he is not a winger and he has been told to put on weight and then take it off again. It would seem that his declaration of loyalty to Villa has just allowed everyone to take him for granted. It took his brother to explain the extent of his injury problems after Gabby had been the target of vile taunts and accusations on a Villa forum. For the time being I would advise him to bide his time and stop at Villa, and hope the right apportunity comes along with a club which will play to his strengths, rather than to his weaknesses.
Steve Wade
30/05/2012 19:39:00
Would keep him for now as we hardly need to be letting more players go and for all the bad performances he has lit up the place a few times. We do need to add at the minute and that would be just another headache for us with more fees being required for transfers and wages. He's not a problem 0player either as far as I'm aware and can still be useful. Let the new gaffer come in and have his first season to identify how he wants the team to play and what targets he is after and then we can review again. Unless a huge transfer fee came in for him I would leave it at that, and I cant see anyone putting up big cash for him, so Gabby to stay for now for me....!
30/05/2012 18:32:00
Keep him. But he needs to learn the skill of how to handle a 1 on 1 with a goalkeeper. That alone would give him 10 goals a season!
30/05/2012 17:21:00
Pace not page.
30/05/2012 17:20:00
Cheers for replies. VOTH, the question doesn't undermine it bravely seeks an answer and the ripped it creates wouldn't register on SSN or the like anyway but I do think we need to confront 'the uncomfortable truth'. I like Gabby and thought his first two seasons under MoN were excellent and so did the incumbent England manager. Since then I have been underwhelmed with many of our players and Gabby isn't untouchable. My gut feeling is that he'll do a Kalou and remain solid in his effort levels without ever being consistently a top scorer or match winner. I hope I'm wrong as his page is frightening. He needs to reach the next level now, same as Manu Petit said about the current Arsenal player Theo Walcott.
30/05/2012 17:19:00
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