Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor has hit out at a section of Aston Villa fans for forcing winger Anwar El Ghazi to delete his Twitter account.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer admitted he was happy to see the 25-year-old score in the 1-0 win against Wolves after he came under fan criticism early on in the season.

The Netherlands international deleted his Twitter account in October after he was criticised for his part in Villa’s 1-0 loss to Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

Tyrone Mings tweeted after the victory over Wolves defending his teammate and Agbonlahor has also leaped to his defence.

He told Football Insider: “Every player will understand you get criticism but it’s when you take it past the line and that’s what some Villa fans must have done for him to delete his social media.

“You can’t do that. They’re football players but they’re people who have feelings.

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“It was good to see him score that penalty and have the confidence and cojones to take it. That was a big thing for me.

“It’ll be nice for him to get some more game time now and show the Villa fans what he can do. Show that he can get assists and goals and I’m sure he will.

“It’s just a shame that people can be so abusive to force people to delete their social media, it shouldn’t be like that.

“He didn’t do anything bad, he didn’t score 10 own goals in two games, he’s had some poor games but he doesn’t deserve that because a lot of the players have had poor games over the past few years.

“As Dean Smith said, he’s one of the big reasons why Villa got promoted and stayed in the league last season.”

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