Kevin Phillips doesn't think Gabby Agbonlahor knows how good he is.
Phillips, who played alongside Agbonlahor for one season in claret and blue, is a firm admirer of the pace ace.
Super Kev as he's known in the football world says Agbonlahor is a top-class striker hitting his peak years.
But he thinks, despite the swagger, Agbonlahor doesn't appreciate his own mass of qualities.
He said: "My first impression of Gabby was that he had talent but he was very raw. He obviously needed to learn. He certainly did that. He was always eager to improve and progress his own game.
"When he's on his game now, he's unplayable because his pace and power are outstanding.
"You could see that as a young kid coming through.
"No-one was surprised when he broke in and took his chance.
"He is a confident lad in the dressing room. But, in reality, I don't think he realises how good he is. He has everything. He needs to believe in himself more out there on the pitch.
"He has electrifying pace. He works hard for the team. He is strong. He knows where the back of the net is. That's a lot of attributes to take out there.
"He's just broken Dwight Yorke's record too and that is no mean feat. Fair play to him."
Phillips believes Agbonlahor is so vital to the club, not just for his obvious talent on the field but also his affinity with supporters and his experience with the emerging players Paul Lambert is bringing through.
He added: "Gabby loves the club as a fan and the supporters love him. They love his devotion.
"Growing up in the area and playing for 'his' team, he really is living the dream.
"He's a big player at Villa. He may only be 26 but he's experienced and he will help Paul Lambert as he moulds a successful, emerging team.
"Gabby can help the younger ones as they develop at Villa."
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