Date: 10th November 2006 at 1:54pm
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Martin O’Neill has said our 20-year-old striker Gabby Agbonlahor has to be allowed to develop at his own pace.

Same has to go for all our youth players as well surely? I get sick of the fans who say bring in the youth players then slate them when they have a bad game or two. Liam Ridgewell and Jlloyd Samuel were targets last season, Steven Davis has been the victim of doubting Thomas’s this season. Lets cut them a break eh? They come into the team and have to undergo a massive learning curve, so they’ll have some good games and some bad games, we don’t have to write them off as soon as one of the bad games come along do we?

Anyway, I went off on one then, what was I saying? Oh, it was Martin O’Neill…….!

‘Is Agbonlahor close to challenging Aaron Lennon? He is a definite threat. There is no question about that. Even when he has a relatively poor day by his standards he is still a threat and causes teams plenty of problems. Gabby is improving almost on a daily basis. It is great he is getting a big run in the team now and his confidence is such that he feels very much part of things. It is not a situation where he is looking over his shoulder at this minute in time. It is one where he is going out to express himself.’

‘He is playing wide generally at the moment. He is definitely playing very well. But I wouldn’t start to heap a whole lot of pressure on him now by talking about international call-ups and stuff like that. Gabby has got loads of time to develop his game and that’s what he is doing. Gabby is a very level-headed lad and I don’t think he is affected at all by things – but let’s not rush him.’

‘This is his first full season in the Premier League, the first time he has gone consecutive games where he has not been out of the team. He deserves to be in there and is playing terrific – but we’ll just leave it like that at the moment.’

 

5 Replies to “Villa Youth – Give Them Time”

  • Spot on The Fear. It’s hardly going to help the youth players develop if they get slated when they get through to the first team. If you look through our squad, it’s great to see the amount of home-grown talent that has made it through

  • I feel that Gabby is improving all the time, but he still has lots to learn, and plenty to prove. When he has completed his first full season as a premiership player, and hopefully proven to all that he’s now a recognised first choice Villa starter, then

  • Funny how we keep coming back to the same subjects. This time it is how the braindead think that by getting on players backs, makes them play better. Fortunately 95% of users of this site see the real way forward and are doing their best to educate the ot

  • It will be Interesting to see if MON gives Gabby a rest before the transfer window. It would be nice to see him rested or taken off at half time in a game when Villa were 2-0 up.

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