By Gabriel Agbonlahor

23rd Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

Agbonlahor Exclusive: I know Aston Villa 25-yr-old is unhappy

The performances of Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi has given Dean Smith a selection headache, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the legendary former Villa striker revealed he knows the 25-year-old is unhappy with his fringe role.

The Dutchman scored a brace in Villa’s 3-0 win over Midlands rivals West Brom on Sunday bringing his goal tally to three in his last three games.

El Ghazi had found his opportunities limited this season due to the form of Ross Barkley and Trezeguet.

However, with the pair out injured in recent weeks, Bertrand Traore and El Ghazi have stepped up and both the found net against the Baggies.

He was making just his second start of the Premier League season at the Hawthorns and Agbonlahor has claimed his performances have given Dean Smith a big decision to make ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on Boxing day.

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“He’s not been in the team, I know he’s been frustrated with not being in the team,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“It’s all about taking your chance, he’s come into the team, taken his chance while other players are out with little niggles.

“He’ll probably keep his place and he’s one of the Villa players that is on fire at the moment.

“I’m sure the manager is buzzing with him. He deserves to keep his place in the team.

“It was good to see Traore and El Ghazi and Traore play well and I think Villa fans want to see it continue.

“It’s a selection headache now for Dean Smith because Barkley’s back and you know he’ll want to get back into the side and Trezeguet too.

In other news, Darren Bent has tipped a “great” Aston Villa player he knows well to join Newcastle United.