Gabriel Agbonlahor

Name:
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
13/10/1986
Height:
5' 11" (180cm)
Weight:
12st 5lbs (78.4kg)
Previous Clubs:
Sheff Wed (loan), Watford (loan),
Position:
Striker


Affectionately known as 'Gabby', Gabriel Agbonlahor is club's all-time Premier League goalscorer.

The boyhood Villa fan came through the youth ranks and has predominately plied his trade in claret and blue.

In 2005, he was sent out on loan to Watford and Sheffield Wednesday in order to gain more first team experience.

This clearly paid off as he was awarded his Villa debut by former manager David O'Leary in a match against Everton at Goodison Park and the debutant scored after 63 minutes.

Although his side went on to lose the game 4-1, his first showing impressed the boss and he burst onto the scene in Villa's pre-season preparations for the 2006-2007 season, netting three goals in five appearances.

With Martin O'Neill now at the helm, Agbonlahor started the season on the right wing and was part of the team that managed to gain a point from the first top-filght game at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium.

He went on to score against all of the so-called 'Big Four' and played every minute of the 2006-2007 season until February where his manager gave him a well-deserved rest.

Following the break, Agbonlahor returned to his prolific form and signed a new four-year contract.

In the following season, he developed a knack for scoring in second city derbies.

In August 2008, Agbonlahor scored the 'perfect' hat-trick, scoring goals with his head, right foot and left foot against Manchester City in Villa's opening game of the season at Villa Park.

The goals were netted in the space of seven minutes, making it the second-fastest hat-trick in the history of the Premier League.

He was later named man of the match for this performance, which contributed to a 4-2 victory.

He formed a strong early season partnership with John Carew and his performances saw him nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year with his team-mate Ashley Young notching the award.

Agbonlahor finished the 2009-2010 season with 13 goals in the Premier League, and 16 in all competitions, scoring against Birmingham City and Manchester United in Villa's first league win at Old Trafford since 1983.

He scored in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Blackburn Rovers, helping Villa to reach the final where they lost to Manchester United at Wembley.

Paul Lambert named the Erdington born forward as interim captain following his appointment in 2012.

He has won three international caps for England.

Going into his tenth Premier League campaign, the striker will be looking to build on last season's finish on a club and personal level.

So far in 2014-15, Agbonlahor has scored against Hull, Liverpool and Southampton.


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