Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Date of Birth:
5' 11" (180cm)
12st 5lbs (78.4kg)
Previous Clubs:
Sheff Wed (loan), Watford (loan),

Gabby Agbonlahor was a record-breaker in 2012-13.

Agbonlahor's goal in the 6-1 demolition of Sunderland made him Villa's highest-goalscorer in the Premier League, beating the previous best of Dwight Yorke.

It was fully-deserved for the forward who has given all his footballing life to Villa.

And he didn't stop with that effort against the Black Cats, scoring two more important goals some weeks later.

He bagged two in the 2-1 win at Norwich, a result which all but sealed Villa's survival in the top-flight.

Indeed, his finish to the seaso was exemplary as he scored goals and looked a danger throughout.

He also got Villa off to a flying start in 2011-12.

A spectacular curling effort from the edge of the box set the boys in claret and blue on the way to a 3-1 win over Blackburn in the first home game of the campaign.

Then, 10 days later, he netted a leveller at Everton to secure a 2-2 draw.

In fact, the forward was flying in the first half of the season.

A strike against Newcastle made it three goals in three games, while in October he scored one and set up another in a man-of-the- match display against Wigan.

Ironically, his best performance came against Paul Lambert's Norwich City.

Agbonlahor was unplayable on that November afternoon, scoring one and setting up two for Darren Bent as Villa won 3-2.

His only other goal last term came against Bristol Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.

Agbonlahor joined Villa as a boy and made his way through the ranks, making a name for himself as a prolific scorer - including 40 in one season for the youth team - before being handed his debut by David O'Leary in March 2006.

Villa were struggling at the time and were on the receiving end of a 4-1 drubbing by Everton, although the Goodison Park gloom was lifted somewhat by a stunning goal from the debut boy.

Agbonlahor made two more starting appearances that season before really making his presence felt during Martin O'Neill's first campaign in charge.

Named in the opening day line-up against Arsenal at the new Emirates Stadium, he started all but one of the club's 42 league and cup matches - and went on as a substitute in the other.

He ultimately played all but 93 minutes of Villa's season, and justified his faith by finishing the campaign as top scorer with 10 goals, nine in the Premier League and one in the League Cup at Leicester City.

The following season he was missing from the starting line-up just once, and the goals kept coming.

This time he finished with 11, all in the league, and was named Barclays Player of the Month for November as well as breaking into Fabio Capello's England squad.

And still there was better to come.

On the opening day of 2008-09, he hit a hat-trick in eight minutes as Villa beat Manchester City 4-2.

It was the first hat-trick of the season, the fastest since Robbie Fowler's for Liverpool against Arsenal in 1994 - and the first Villa opening-day hat-trick since Pongo Waring hit four against Manchester United in 1930.

Agbonlahor finished with 13 goals, and his impressive form earned the former U21 international his first full cap against Germany in Berlin in November 2008.

Agbonlahor maintained his impressive scoring form in 2009-10, hitting a personal best 16, and was on target in five consecutive games in August and September.

The 2010-11 season was a frustrating one for the man from Erdington, but it still contained some memorable moments.

The striker struggled with niggling injuries throughout the campaign and he had to wait until the win at Wigan in January to register his first top-flight goal.

But he still managed to continue his knack of scoring in local derbies with a strike against Birmingham City in the League Cup.

He also celebrated his 200th appearance for Villa in a top-flight Second City derby clash at St Andrew's.

In April, Agbonlahor scored a crucial injury time winner at West Ham - the result virtually securing Villa's Premier League safety.

Gabby Agbonlahor's home shirt is sponsored by Mainstream Print.

Gabby Agbonlahor's away shirt is sponsored by Floor Restorations.

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