Aston Villa fans in the Transfer Tavern may be surprised to hear that long-serving striker Gabriel Agbonlahor could be set to leave the club, with Remi Garde open to offers in January according to The Telegraph.
The Englishman is facing an uncertain future under the new Villa manager, having been excluded from the match day squad for last Sunday’s game against Arsenal, and the punters playing darts are becoming increasingly aware that a local hero could leave imminently.
Having come through the academy at Villa, the 29-year old is now the club’s current longest serving player, playing at Villa Park for his entire career, minus a couple of loans back in 2005. During that time, he has netted 72 Premier League goals for the club.
However, Agbonlahor is yet to score this season, with boss Garde revealing that he had been dropped from the squad against Arsenal after being unimpressed with his performances in training.
The former England international has suffered with a calf injury this season and flew to America in October in an attempt to solve his injury woes. Despite this, Agbonlahor has still failed to impress Garde since his appointment last month, with Villa reportedly prepared to listen to offers when the transfer window reopens after the festive period.
The new Villa manager is believed to be very concerned about the lack of goal scoring ability within his squad, admitting they are ‘not strong enough offensively’ and has acknowledged that signing a striker is a priority.
Aston Villa fans, is the time right to see long-serving Agbonlahor leave the club? Who would you want to replace him? Let us know in the comments below!