Gabby to Sunderland linked once again
It’s the link that keeps on cropping up, and once again at this time on a Saturday night, the Mirror have posted the obligatory Gabby to Sunderland story. In an article comprising all of nine lines, it’s the usual stuff made that little bit easier because MON is the manager.
Here are a few little snippets from it:
Sunderland’s manager will bid £6m for the 25-year-old former England ace if new Villa boss Paul Lambert goes ahead with plans to buy Grant Holt as his preferred partner for Darren Bent.
O’Neill was the boss who helped Agbonlahor’s Premier League career, blossom, leaving him out only once in four seasons in charge.
But his career has stalled since O’Neill left, and he finished last season with a miserable run of 22 games without a goal.
Firstly let’s remember that Lambert has been in the job for less than a day, so I doubt if he’s arranging transfers already! Still, it’s an interesting one with Gabby, and I’ve seen plenty of people thinking we should cut our losses with him. There are also those who have plenty of love for the player, and want him to be a Villan for life. I’m not sure where I lie personally, but I do think that this season coming up is arguably his biggest in a Villa shirt, providing he’s not sold to Sunderland of course. He did struggle at times last season, but saying that so did most of the team. I was hoping the captaincy might do something for him, but sadly not.
I’ve always viewed him as a striker, and despite having the pace to cope on the wing and being surprisingly adept at crossing I’d still much rather him up top. If Holt does make the move, or we go for another more physical striker then I view a quartet of Holt (or someone similar), Bent, Gabby and Weimann as a perfect mix of styles for the Premiership. I’m not sure £6 million is enough either for a player who has proven he can produce in the top flight, especially when we were linked with Jordan Rhodes of league one (now the Championship) for £8 million and Southampton have just bid a similar amount for Jay Rodriguez.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you see a big future for Gabby at Villa, or would you sell him at the right price?