As Gabby Agbonlahor receives yet another suspension marking his suspension tally higher than his goal tally, the prospect from 2008 hits the hard road home with a disappointing season coming to an end.
Gabby Agbonlahor began his 2008/2009 season with a hattrick for Villa against a Manchester City side while being complimented on his pace through the chant of ‘Karma Chameleon’, an ensured career with pace and finishing was put forward for Gabby without a doubt. A partnership with John Carew was bound to bring goals under Martin O’Neill with a top six finish for three years, bringing Agbonlahor 50 goals under O’Neill as well as being vital to Villa’s Europe hopes.
Then it turned around for the pace master. After a turn down of Arsenal, Agbonlahor began to become a custom to life on the bench through Villa’s spell of endless managers stretching through to today with the sacking of Tim Sheerwood at the start of the season as well as Reme Garde shown the door in March with Eric Black stepping up to take them into the Championship. Perhaps the constant change around got to Gabby.
This left a pacey striker to be used on the wing as an Ashley Young replacement, bringing an out of position player into the role. This certainly did not help with the pace of Agbonlahor paying no difference in the Villa attack with only 28 goals in the six seasons since O’Neill left. A dreadful turn of form has began to affect the players mentality as well, giving a ‘no care’ attitude to the career of a young promise after a suspension follows allegations of Nitrous Oxide use just weeks after being caught smoking a Shisha pipe.
Whether or not Villa let the player go after a drop into the championship remains undecided but a drop in spirit has clearly hit the former England player described by Martin O’Neill as having the same mentality towards the game as Wayne Rooney, which if we look at it now is clearly ‘selfish, dreadful and most likely overpaid.’ Although Rooney has had a far more successful career than Gabby so whose to blame for himself?
A new season looks on but a frustrating season looks assured unless the old Villa hero gets his act together.