Agbonlahor tips Aston Villa to make two changes v Man City after early team news
Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Aston Villa to make two changes to the starting XI against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa captain suggested Anwar El Ghazi will replace the injured Trezeguet while Douglas Luiz will make way for 19-year-old Jacob Ramsey.
Trezeguet suffered a season-ending injury against Liverpool earlier this month and Dean Smith confirmed in his pre-match press conference he had undergone successful surgery.
Luiz completed the 90 minutes at Anfield and has started 26 of Villa’s 30 Premier League games this term.
Asked if Smith will make changes for the visit of the champions-elect on Wednesday, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think in midfield they’ll go with Jacob Ramsey and he’ll be given a chance.
“[Marvelous] Nakamba, [John] McGinn and [Jacob] Ramsey will play. That’s my guess. It’s the sort of game where you need Nakamba to be in and around that defensive midfield role.
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“Douglas Luiz might get a bit distracted against his former club.
“I think Ramsey deserves a chance. He’s been in and out in recent weeks and he deserves a chance.
“I just want to see Villa, they’ve got nothing to lose now, the last six or seven games, just go for it.
“Villa can beat Manchester City if they’re up for it and play at their best. Just go for it.
“You can’t get relegated, you might get into the top six if you have a go.”
“El Ghazi will come in for Trezeguet on the left. Traore on the right and Watkins in the middle. Definitely.
“Maybe we’ll see some under-23 players on the bench. They really deserve a chance, they’ve been outstanding.
“I’ve been watching some of the clips of their recent games and I never used to do the stuff they’re doing when I was their age.
“Some of the stuff they’re doing, little one-twos in and around the box. Really good football.
“I hope Dean Smith, and I think he will bring some of these players onto the bench.”