Steve Bruce has named a strong Aston Villa team today, as the Clarets host their domestic rivals Birmingham City in a crucial Championship match.
Villa, who are currently third with 56 points, could jump to second place with a win today, as Derby County are currently only two points ahead.
This has been reflected by Bruce’s team selection, as he quite clearly wants to avoid a potential banana skin in the form of a struggling Blues team, who are currently 20th in the Championship.
However, fans were not happy to see the emission of Gabby Agbonlahor, who has not been named in a squad since December 23rd 2017, and some took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
Here are a few of the best reactions:
NOOOOOOO GGGAAAABBBBYYYYYYY ????????????????????????????
— reegan (@reeganavfc) February 11, 2018
— Nat (@natpepp123) February 11, 2018
— Liam // AKN (@Akining_) February 11, 2018
Cannot believe there's no gabby
— Brad Bird (@BradBird77) February 11, 2018
No gabby what???
— Villa Till The End (@VIllaTillIDie12) February 11, 2018
Are we playing for a draw or something?! Why make the team more defensive on a derby?!
— Reuben ???? (@ReubenTwitch) February 11, 2018
Gabby or green should be on bench for Whelan, need pace off the bench.
— jordan treveil (@jjtreveil) February 11, 2018
— UTV (@SprJackGrealish) February 11, 2018
Agbonlahor is a firm fan favourite at Villa Park, having scored 86 goals for the Clarets during his illustrious career in Birmingham.
However it seems that Steve Bruce still prefers other attacking options, as the Englishman is not in the matchday squad once again much to the fan’s dismay, despite being fit for selection.
On the whole, the squad is very strong, and focuses on defensive prowess. The likes of James Chester and John Terry solidify the back line and should be enough to hold the Blues at bay.
In other Aston Villa news, this Villa regular is said to be heading towards the exit door.