Blog: Ace Agbonlahor the final piece in exciting striking jigsaw
26th Sep 2012
His appearance in the starting XI after weeks of hampering injury problems was a sight to behold as he tore the champions' defence to shreds.
It also meant the final piece in the striking jigsaw puzzle was put firmly into place.
We had seen the exciting efforts of Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke and Darren Bent over the past few weeks.
Now we've witnessed first-hand what pace ace Agbonlahor can offer - and he certainly didn't disappoint.
And it got me thinking. Do you remember the Lee Majors-inspired hit TV show of the 1970s, The Six Million Dollar Man?
They rebuild a former astronaut after a crash and he comes back to life in superhuman shape.
If the show was remade with a football theme - in order to create the ultimate striking sensation - you wouldn't look much further than the traits of our fab four.
The work ethic of Andreas Weimann. The power of Christian Benteke. The predatory instincts of Darren Bent. And the speed of Gabby Agbonlahor.
Brad Guzan, who watches all four showcase their skills in training each day, agrees.
"Put them all together and you've probably got the ultimate striker," said Guzan.
"Gabby, Christian, Andi and Benty represent a fantastic collection of strikers for Villa. They bring everything to the table.
"They have it all. It must be great for the fans to watch them and frightening for defenders to come up against them.
"Andi has an unbelievable work-rate, his runs and his ideas to get behind defenders are fantastic.
"Benty has the ability to score goals anywhere and anytime. He has that knack for finding the net. He's done it throughout his career.
"Gabby has pace. It's absolutely unbelievable and he can get past any defender with that pure speed. You saw it in all its glory against Manchester City.
"Christian is a powerhouse - a complete handful. Put them all together, it makes for the complete striker."
Now until modern science enables us to clone a variety of football facets, we're unable to build our own all-in-one formidable forward.
But having all four available gives Paul Lambert tremendous options as the weeks and months go by.
"As players you want to make it difficult for the manager in terms of team selection. The strikers must give him headaches week in and week out with their ability to bring something different to the team," said Guzan. "They can all help the team. It's great to have the options."
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