By Gabriel Agbonlahor

9th Dec, 2020 | 12:39pm

Agbonlahor Exclusive: Rarely-seen £11m Aston Villa player tipped for big role after report

Gabriel Agbonlahor has insisted Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba still has a big role to play this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer delivered his verdict after the 26-year-old was linked with a move to Galatasaray.

Turkish outlet Dirilis Postasi report Gala are interested in signing Nakamba on loan in January after failing with a bid in the summer.

The Zimbabwe international has been limited to just 13 minutes of Premier League action this season.

John McGinn and Douglas Luiz have established themselves as Dean Smith’s midfield two but Agbonlahor has claimed he is next in line if they suffer an injury or pick up a suspension.

Asked by Football Insider whether it was time for the club in January to offload Nakamba, signed for £11million last year, Agbonlahor said: “I actually don’t, to be honest.

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“Dean Smith will have picked his 25 man squad for the season, unless he has money to bring in new signings I don’t think he would get rid of him.

“Just because you’ve got Luiz, Grealish, Hourihane, McGinn, Barkley in front of him at the moment, there’s injuries and suspensions that could happen. Who do you call for then? I’m sure he’s the next one in line.

“I’m sure Dean Smith will be thinking he’ll use him at some point this season when needed.

“At the moment Dean Smith needs a big squad for the season. The last thing you want is to have just 18 senior players available, as some clubs have already done this season like Burnley.

“That can easily happen if you decide to move players on. For sure, I think he keeps hold of him and he’s involved in the squad.”

In other Aston Villa news, Agbonlahor has shared an agent claim as the club reportedly swoop for a £12.6million valued ace.