By Tony Hughes
Aston Villa fans have had an upbeat reaction to the sensational news that Gabby Agbonlahor is making his Villa return from the bench on Sunday against rivals Birmingham.
The boyhood Villa fan has not featured for the Midlands giants this season, after former manager Roberto Di Matteo opted to leave him out of his first-team plans.
But, since the appointment of Bruce, the club’s longest-serving player has been offered a clean slate and ordered to undertake a six-week fitness programme.
Now, he’s been named in the matchday squad to take on Birmingham in the Championship and fans took to Twitter to call for a last-minute winner from the 30-year-old striker.
However, support for the forward was not unanimous with some fans posting that he doesn’t deserve another chance for the club.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
#AVFC Gabby on the bench!!!!!!! You never know😀⚽️😀
— bodlingboy (@bodlingboy) October 30, 2016
Not sure about Westwood starting but buzzing that Gabby is on the bench
— James (@jamess_c9) October 30, 2016
Derby day. Gabby to come on and score the winner?! 💪 #avfc
— James Baggott (@BaggottJames) October 30, 2016
— Paul Smith (@thelobsterboy) October 30, 2016
Gabby does wind the blues up so perfect game to come back into in all honesty #avfc
— GTHEB (@BruceRioch4) October 30, 2016
Have to be honest….LOVE that Gabby is on the bench for this one! Derby day!! #AVFC
— Matthew Hakim (@Matthew_Hakim) October 30, 2016
I can, anyone else is surely better than Gabby. He's had far too many chances. He doesn't deserve to play for villa full stop.
— craig steadman (@craigsteadman) October 30, 2016
It’s the first time the two sides have met in England’s second tier in 29 years, when Villa won 2-1 away.
The two rivals did meet in the League Cup last year and Villa also beat their rivals then, with a goal from Rudy Gestede the difference between the two sides.
Former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce hasn’t lost a game since taking over at Villa, and he takes his side into the derby following back-to-back wins.
In other Aston Villa team news, former midfielder Lee Hendrie had this message for the team ahead of the clash with Birmingham.