Date: 30th May 2012 at 1:40pm
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Ag-gone-lahor?

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

koolbill

Taking it a bit further… {JF}

Player profile: www.avfc.co.uk/page/PlayerProfiles

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) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Agbonlahor

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

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