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Villa v Fulham: In-form Agbonlahor "at the top of his game"

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Villa v Fulham: In-form Agbonlahor "at the top of his game"


Paul Lambert believes Villa have a player "at the top of his game" in striker Gabby Agbonlahor.

Agbonlahor goes in to Saturday's clash against Fulham on the brink of breaking Dwight Yorke's club record of 60 Premier League goals.

The 26-year-old endured a lean spell in front of goal in the second half of last season and in the first half of the current campaign.

But he has been back to his best recently with five goals in his last eight games.

Lambert reckons Agbonlahor is relishing his current role in a four-pronged Villa attack.

"There's no doubt he's at the top of his game," said the manager.

"His goalscoring at the minute has been excellent and I know he's equalled Dwight Yorke's goal tally.

"Given time he'll surpass it because he's playing really, really well. I think he enjoys that role where he's playing."

Lambert insists there are still few players in the top flight who could outrun Agbonlahor.

The Erdington-born ace has always been known for his devastating pace and Lambert says "you need to be the Road Runner to catch him".

"I've not seen anybody out run him," he said.

"I haven't seen anybody beat him in a race. He's only mid-20s.

"He's a strong, powerful boy as well. His strength is very good. When he gets going and gets motoring he is definitely a handful.

"He'll make mistakes like everybody else, but his form since I've been here has been really high.

"You won't catch him. When he goes on a run I think you need to be the Road Runner to catch him with the speed that he's got.

"When he's on a run there's not many people can catch him.

"When you have a player with pace coming at you and he keeps coming at you then you know you could be in for a hard time.

"The first time I saw it for us was up at Newcastle when he came on as a sub after his knee injury and he ran through the middle of the pitch in the second half."

Lambert also believes Agbonlahor's special affinity with Villa is an important quality.

He hopes the academy graduate will go on to become a one-club man like AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and Manchester United's Ryan Giggs.

"It's a unique thing that, a guy staying at a club for that length of time," the boss added.

"I don't know who was the last one to do that - Maldini maybe at Milan, Stevie Gerrard at Liverpool, Ryan Giggs at Manchester United.

"There's not who many stay at a football club for the length of time that those guys have.

"Gabby's only in his mid-twenties so he's still got a lot of football left in him and a lot of time to try to do well.

"It's a good thing if you can get that type of player."

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By @AVFCOfficial 12th April 2013
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