The key Villa star that Sherwood simply must drop

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Aston Villa need to drop Gabriel Agbonalhor because of his consistently poor form.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood needs to drop Gabriel Agbonlahor as the attacker is one of the main reasons for their struggles this season.

Villa have scored just 13 times in 26 Premier League matches to date and no player in their team has been more disappointing than Agbonlahor.

After a good start to the campaign, the experienced forward was expected to kick on and be one of their main attacking threats, but he appears to have regressed ever since signing a new deal at the club in September.

  GoalsOntarget Scoring AttGoal AssistPen Area EntriesTotal PassFwd PassAppearancesMins Played
Gabriel Agbonlahor 3 9 0 14 446 102 24 1,966

Agbonlahor's pace is an obvious weapon, but he is failing to utilise it to good effect and Sherwood should look at his other options as he seeks to improve Villa's form.

Sherwood took charge of Villa for the first time last weekend and he included Agbonlahor in his side's starting line-up.

Unfortunately the England international was as ineffective as he has been all season and his display was one of the reasons they only managed three attempts on goal during a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.

  Chances createdShotsTouchesPenalty area entriesPassesForward passesAppearancesMins Played
Gabriel Agbonlahor 0 0 22 0 18 7 1 90

Agbonlahor did not create a chance, have a shot or even make it into the opposition's penalty box  during the contest and they are some alarming figures for someone with so much attacking responsibility. 

His mediocrity is not something new to the side as he has been a persistent problem all season and surely it is time for Sherwood to give him a break from first team action to try and inject some urgency and passion back into his game. 

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