By Will Butcher
Aston Villa fans were pleasantly surprised on Twitter after forgotten man Gabriel Agbonlahor made a late appearance against rivals Birmingham City.
The forward has failed to make a single appearance for the Midlands giants for more than seven months, after a spate of controversial incidents.
However, new manager Steve Bruce has given the 30-year-old star another chance at Villa Park, after placing him on a separate training routine to help him regain his fitness.
Three-time England international Agbonlahor came on for the final 10 minutes during Sunday’s fixture, as Steve Bruce’s side earned a 1-1 draw away at St Andrews.
Aston Villa fans took to Twitter to reveal that they were impressed with Agbonlahor when he was introduced from the bench, with many surprised that he was looking sharp.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Today's made me realise how much I love Gabriel agbonlahor ???
— Sanders✌️ (@SandersShane1) October 30, 2016
Gabby Agbonlahor loves it?
— CalumBright (@CalumBright_) October 30, 2016
— David Collett (@COL_LETT) October 30, 2016
More passion from Agbonlahor in the last five minutes than for the whole of last season #avfc
— Jabberwonkee (@Jabberwonkee) October 30, 2016
why on earth did Agbonlahor not start this game, he's more up for this than anyone on the pitch
— Adam Needham (@AdamGeorgeh) October 30, 2016
— Janeymode (@Janeymode) October 30, 2016
Really good to see Agbonlahor coming on for Villa. Well done Steve Bruce.
— Patrick Bunn (@BunnPatrick) October 30, 2016
Agbonlahor. Ran his legs off. Fantastic Gabby. Played okay tbf. So happy to see him back.
— Shaun Sidaway (@ShaunySidaway) October 30, 2016
Agbonlahor was deemed unfit at the end of the club’s relegation campaign in 2015/16, as criticism from supporters led to the boyhood Villa fan giving up the captaincy.
The draw against Gary Rowett’s side leaves Villa in 15th place in the Championship table, as Bruce continues his unbeaten start to life at Villa Park following two wins against Reading and Fulham.
In other Aston Villa news, fans have also reacted on Twitter to this international star’s combative performance.