By Amir Mir
Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted he is willing to give his all ahead of the new Championship campaign.
The former Villa captain has been highly criticised by supporters for his lack of fitness and form in recent times, but the striker admits that it does not feel right for the club to be in the second-tier of English football.
The boyhood Villa fan insists he and the players will pay back the fans for their continued support of the club, despite relegation in the previous campaign.
“I’ll be trying to give 100 per cent every game if I’m chosen, and just to do what the whole squad will be trying to do pay the fans back for their support and get the club back to where it belongs,” Agbonlahor told the Birmingham Mail.
Agbonlahor only managed one goal in the 2015-16 Premier League season in what was a miserable campaign for the Birmingham-born striker.
The 29-year-old was put on a fitness regime at the back-end of last term and as reported by Football Insider the Villa man seems have made some progress with getting back into shape.
As new manager Roberto Di Matteo plans to get the club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, Agbonlahor does admit that it feels strange for the club to be in the second-tier of English football.
“The club’s never set foot out of the Premiership and it doesn’t feel right, so we need to fight back and get back into the top league as soon as possible.” said Agbonlahor.
It remains to be seen whether Agbonlahor will be part of the Italian’s future plans, but the striker was excited about the prospect of having a new owner in Tony Xia and a former Champions League winning manager in Di Matteo.
“The new owner looks very exciting,” he said. “The new manager has won the best thing possible at club level – he’s won the Champions League with Chelsea and done well at West Brom.”
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