Gabriel Agbonlahor has been talking about Aston Villa’s excellent start to the season.
In an interview with the club’s official website, the forward has revealed some of the reasons for their fine early form, although he did also attempt to temper expectations.
Villa are currently second in the table, just two points behind leaders Chelsea who have a 100% record.
Paul Lambert’s side continued their excellent form with a 1-0 away win against Liverpool on Saturday evening, and the only two points they have dropped to date came as a result of a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United in late August.
“I think there is more togetherness – that’s the main thing – and a bit more experience to a good group of young players,” Agbonlahor said.
“It’s only four games gone. We’ve got 34 to go.
“We don’t want to get too carried away and shoot ourselves in the foot. We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves because we are in the top three or four places at the moment.”
Actually they are in the top two, and there have been murmurings – no matter how jovial – of the possibility of European football returning to Villa Park.
That may be the long-term aim but Lambert will know his main job this season is ensuring his side finish inside the top 10, as well as tying down their best players to new contracts.
Agbonlahor has already put pen to paper on a new deal, and with the likes of Fabian Delph, Jack Grealish and Ron Vlaar all out of contract next summer, Villa have much work to do off the pitch in the months ahead.
On it they are doing just fine, and as long as that continues, convincing their stars to agree new deals may be a far easier proposition.