By Coral Barry
Paul Merson has urged Gabriel Agbonlahor to remain indoors after the Aston Villa striker was suspended pending an investigation into his behaviour.
Agbonlahor’s face was splashed all over the front page of the Sun just hours after the Midlands club succumbed to relegation into the Championship.
The pictures of the 29-year-old partying and using laughing gas appeared the morning after Villa were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United and finally dumped out of the Premier League after a miserable season.
It is not the first time this campaign the front man’s social life has dropped him in hot water with photographs of Agbonlahor smoking a shisha pipe in Dubai during the international break also sparking a club investigation that was eventually dropped.
Moreover, the club’s longest serving player has been ordered by the club to lose weight after scoring just one goal in a wretched season.
Merson has encouraged Agbonlahor to play it safe in the coming weeks and even urged the striker to consider not leaving his house for fear of retribution from angry Villa supporters.
“In this day and age you’ve got to have a bit of respect,” said Merson speaking to Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club Podcast. “I’d be sitting down with him now and strongly advising him not to go out in Birmingham for a long time because it will be dangerous for him.
“Villa fans pay a lot of money and they are very passionate. I think he would be in danger, if I’m being honest.
“He is getting blamed left, right and centre, but it’s not just Agbonlahor, it’s the club as well.
“It’s not just Agbonlahor who has sent them down for what he’s been doing in the last couple of weeks; it’s the club and all the decisions.”
Villa have just 16 points from 34 league games and have only three victories to show for the entirety of their disastrous season.
The club are now without a manager, after the sacking of Remi Garde, and a club hierarchy after recently appointed board members David Bernstein and Mervyn King resigned from their positions just a month into their appointments.
In other Villa news, the Midlands club could be set for new owners.