Agbonlahor finally departs as Aston Villa submit released list

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment
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Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Long-serving forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has finally exited Villa Park after Aston Villa submitted their released list to the Championship. The 31-year-old rose through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2005 and went on to make 391 appearances in all competitions for the Villa.

Aston Villa’s released list for 2017/18

  • Abdo, Khalid
  • Agbonlahor, Gabriel
  • Borg, Oscar Francis
  • Finnerty, James John
  • Idem, Emmanuel Okokon
  • Johansson, Viktor Tobias
  • Samba, Veijeany Christopher
  • Terry, John George
  • Watkins, Bradley

In addition to Agbonlahor, Swedish attacking-midfielder Khalid Abdo will be on his way out when his contract expires. The 21-year-old was originally deemed a hot prospect for the at the time of his signing in 2012 but failed to make an impression on the first-team in six years and has been deemed expendable.

Christopher Samba will follow him through the exit door, having made 14 appearances for Villa after joining on a free transfer last summer. He’s out of contract and won’t be given a renewal.

John Terry is the most notable departure. He joined from Chelsea last summer and made 36 appearances as the Villans finished fourth in the Championship, losing in the playoff final to Fulham. The 37-year-old was considering extending his deal with Villa before they failed to return to the Premier League.

Aston Villa’s retained list for 2017/18

  • Adomah, Albert
  • Amavi, Jordan Kevin
  • Bazeley, Isaiah Robert Graham
  • Bedeau, Jacob Mitchell
  • Bjarnason, Birkir
  • Blackett-Taylor, Corey Josiah Paul
  • Bree, James Patrick
  • Bunn, Mark John
  • Chester, James Grant
  • Clark, Mitchell
  • Clarke, Jack Aidan
  • Cox, Jordan Raymond
  • Davis, Keinan Vincent Joseph
  • De Laet, Ritchie Ria Alfons
  • Doyle Hayes, Jake Billy
  • Eissa Ahmed Elmohamady
  • Elphick, Tommy
  • Gardner, Gary
  • Gil, de Pareja Vicent Carles
  • Gollini, Pierluigi
  • Grealish, Jack
  • Green, Andre Jay
  • Hepburn-Murphy, Rushian
  • Hogan, Scott Andrew
  • Hourihane, Conor
  • Jedinak, Michael John
  • Knibbs, Harvey
  • Kodjia, Jonathan
  • Lansbury, Henri George
  • Lyden, Jordan
  • McCormack, Ross
  • McKirdy, Harry
  • Mooney, Kelsey
  • O’Hare, Callum
  • Odutayo, Colin Ladipo
  • Pastorek, Jozef
  • Prosser, Alexander
  • Richards, Micah
  • Sarkic, Matjia
  • Steer, Jed John
  • Suliman, Easah Zaheer
  • Taylor, Neil John
  • Tshibola, Aaron
  • Vassilev, Indiana Denchev
  • Whelan, Glenn David

Villa have named 45 players on their retained list, but that number is expected to fall dramatically this summer. Due to their financial problems and a need to trim the wage bill, the Midlands outfit are expected to put a number of players up for sale.

An exodus could be on the cards, with James Chester, Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah attracting interest elsewhere, while feelers will be put out for Micah Richards who didn’t play a single game last season and still has another 12 months left on his deal at Villa Park.

Agbonlahor Set to Suffer from Bent Buy?

January 24, 2011 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Hot topic debates 

Gabby Agbonlahor has had a disappointing campaign for Villa this term in a season which began with injury and a lengthy lay-off with a groin injury. Despite returning to fitness the striker has failed to score in the Premier League this season in over 1000 minutes of action. The 24-year-old did net one in the Europa Cup Qualifying Round and another to extend on a decent record against Birmingham in the League Cup but has struggled in front of goal all season. His lack of goals has led Houllier to look to alternative options for the rapid frontman who has recently been moved onto the left wing. Martin O’Neill adopted a similar strategy upon joining the club, deploying Agbonlahor in a wide right position to decent effect. Agbonlahor has clearly worked on his delivery and his crossing has improved. His pace is an obvious asset for any winger but he lacks the flair of Albrighton or Young, adopting a more gun-ho approach. With the club having recently completed the record signing of Darren Bent, could Agbonlahor’s chances become limited without goals in his locker. Houllier is a huge fan of Emile Heskey who has been in outstanding goalscoring form compared to his usual self. Heskey has scored a goal every 150 minutes in all competitions with a record far superior to that of Agbonlahor. With Carew already forced out by the marquee signing of Bent I feel that Gabby may have to settle for a place on the bench soon if his form doesn’t pick up. If he were to play on the wing he still isn’t hitting the same sort of form of Albrighton and Downing so I feel he may miss out against Wigan with the arrival of Makoun and return of Heskey further increasing competition for places. I would have to say that a partnership of Bent to play off Heskey, a man who has benefited the likes of Rooney and Owen in games for England and Liverpool respectively, would be a more profitable one than that of Bent and Agbonlahor, which would no doubt offer one of the quickest strike forces in the league but could be somewhat one-dimensional. Who do you think should be the starting strike partnership? Do you feel that the current system of a lone striker should stay in place, further limiting the chances of the likes of Agbnonlahor?