Agbonlahor: Buendia may be set to explode at Aston Villa after what I've seen
Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested Emiliano Buendia could be in line for a run in the Aston Villa team after the international break.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer insisted Buendia’s slow start to life in the Midlands is not a concern.
The Argentine has come off the bench in the last two Premier League games but has not started in the league since August.
He has been a victim of Dean Smith’s new look 3-5-2 formation but Agbonlahor has suggested that could change against Wolves.
The 24-year-old moved to Villa Park for a club-record £33million fee over the summer.
“Buendia’s start is not a worry,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“If you look at Aston Villa’s games, they’ve been tough games.
“The next game, Wolverhampton Wanderers at home, this may be the game where he reverts back to a 4-3-3 and maybe there’s room for Buendia in that formation.
“But it’s very tough because he [Smith] likes the three of John McGinn, Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey. As long as those three keep performing he’s got to wait his turn.
“He’s come for a big amount of money but Aston Villa’s a big club. He does not have the right to demand a starting position at such a big club. He’s got to remember he’s come from the Championship, he’s new to the Premier League. He’s got to bide his time and wait for the manager to pick him.
“Dean Smith could look at it and think ‘You know what, against Wolves, I want to play a 4-3-3’. He could put El Ghazi on the left, Traore on the right with Buendia in behind Ings or Watkins.
“But Wolves sometimes play with three centre-halves so he might want to match them up. He’s got lots of formations and lots of personnel at his disposal.
“I’m sure he’ll pick the right team to win the game.”