COMMENT by Amir Mir
Gabby Agbonlahor made just his second start for Aston Villa on Tuesday night when they played Norwich City at Carrow Road.
He was substituted after 72 minutes during the 1-0 defeat and if alarms bells were not already ringing about his performances, then they will be now.
Steve Bruce has decided to bring back the senior Villa player into the first-team setup, following his appointment in mid-October.
The 30-year-old made a surprise return against rivals Birmingham City in late October, when the boyhood Villa fan made a cameo ten minute appearance during the 1-1 draw in the Second City derby.
Despite all the positive work Bruce has done since arriving into Bodymoor Heath, his decision to bring Agbonlahor back into Villa’s fight for promotion this season is totally wrong.
His performances last season were unacceptable for the paying Villa supporter and Bruce’s predecessor, Roberto Di Matteo, decision to try and sell him in the summer was the right choice.
Agbonlahor no longer brings anything to the table, with his pace dwindling, he does not have the movement, nor creativity to produce any chances or score goals for his side.
The best thing Bruce can do is sell the highly criticised player in January and bring someone who can help the former Hull City boss gain instant promotion this season.
During his six games for the Midlands side, he has failed, at any moment, to look a threat and after over a decade with the senior side, Agbonlahor’s time is well and truly up.
In other Aston Villa team news, this first-team player has said no to a play-off spot.