Aston Villa fans react on Twitter as Bruce hands fresh chance to 29-year-old
By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce has revealed he will hand Gabby Agbonlahor the chance to revive his Aston Villa career – and fans on Twitter believes he doesn’t deserve a fresh start.
The 29-year-old striker has been exiled from the first-team since the start of the season, with former manager Roberto Di Matteo deciding not to play the club’s longest serving player.
Now, the newly-appointed Bruce has stated that the slate is wiped clean for all his players, including Agbonlahor.
Supporters have reacted furiously to the news, as one fan believes Bruce has already made an appalling decision.
Others were further critical of their former captain, who they believe has shown a lack of commitment to the club in recent seasons.
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While another fan would prefer to see academy youngsters Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Keinan Davies be given a chance ahead of Agbonlahor.
But another supporter did envisage the boyhood Villa fan scoring against Birmingham in the second City derby on October 30.
Here is a selection of messages from Villa supporters on Twitter:
I would rather see Rushian Hepburn-Murphy get more game time than see Agbonlahor return to the fold. Same goes for Keinan Davis. #AVFC
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) October 14, 2016
He's been back training since July like most other players why the F isn't he fit ? lack of effort?
— On the up (@webba50) October 13, 2016
Agbonlahor doesn't deserve another chance, just look at the situation the team are in.
— Family1st4Me (@Mikez_Wurl_85) October 14, 2016
already an appalling decision made by Bruce, pfft #avfc
— Villain (@Villain07) October 13, 2016
has been bothered for seasons absolutely should be nowhere near the first team. He has thrown his career away
— Richard Alexander ???? (@Richard64877722) October 14, 2016
it's not good when one of the players is fatter than Steve Bruce
— mc (@m0nkeyb0yI978) October 14, 2016
I do not want to see Gabriel Agbonlahor in a Villa shirt ever again.
— James Williams (@Jim__Wills) October 14, 2016
The striker could now make an unlikely comeback under Bruce and the former club captain will face a tough battle to earn his place back in the side.
Villa are currently well stocked in the attacking department, with Jonathan Kodjia, Ross McCormack, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew all vying for a starting role.
Agbonlahor has made a remarkable 370 appearances since bursting on the scene as a youngster, scoring 84 goals and supplying 55 assists.
He has not played for the club since March, but could play in the Midlands derby against Wolves on Saturday evening.
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