Agbonlahor dismisses Sunderland link
Thankfully. In a report in the Sun, Gabby has dismissed any suggestion that he may move to MON and Sunderland, and instead wants to convince Lambert that he can be the man to partner Darren Bent in this new era. Here are the quotes here for those who haven’t seen the report:
“When you’ve played with a manager before, especially one as good as Martin O’Neill, then you are going to be linked with him.
“But it’s just pure speculation. I can assure Villa fans I haven’t heard anything about it and I’m happy here.”
Now I hate O’Neill, but Agbonlahor arguably enjoyed his most successful period as an Aston Villa player underneath him, and there did seem to be a massive amount of respect between the two. Still it would hurt to see someone like Gabs go to play for him, even if there are still a number of Villa fans who remain unconvinced on the player. It was also slightly annoying when King Carlos made the move, and I’m faced with a very tough decision on whether to unfollow him on Twitter. Life can be so hard at times.
When players like Collins and Warnock are linked then it’s just amusing, because a decent amount of us wouldn’t mind seeing it happen. Gabby is a big part of this club though, a fan favourite and I’d hate to see him playing under O’Neill.
The report suggested he wants to prove he can partner Bent, and it will be very interesting to see how he’s used this summer. I thought he looked very good in our last friendly, and it was a shame he went off injured. Bent will start the season as our main striker barring injury you’d imagine, and if we play one up top he’ll be the man. If we go with two which Lambert will use from time to time, then looking at our current strikers you think he’d be the man used.
I still think we need another striker, preferably a big man for a number of reasons. Firstly I think we need the added physicality up top, because we do look lightweight really throughout the team. Secondly Lambert has proven with Holt and Morison that he can get a lot of success with this type of striker. Whether we bring one in remains to be seen.
I think it’s positive that Gabby is looking forward to the season and proving he has what it truly takes. He’s slightly disappointed the past few seasons, and I hope he’s given a proper go up front and isn’t used on the wing this upcoming campaign.
On his day he can be some player, so lets hope we see lots of them this season for the Villa.