Arsenal legend Ian Wright has told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show that Gabriel Agbonlahor should have stepped up for Aston Villa long before Tuesday.
The 28-year-old has been in disappointing form this season, but he played an important role for the Villans against West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park.
Agbonlahor showed commitment and energy in the Premier League clash, and was always looking to create something.
The attacker scored the opening goal of the encounter midway through the first half and had two more shots.
Agbonlahor had a pass accuracy of 77%, created one chance, attempted three dribbles and made two interceptions.
The Villa star was arguably the best player on the pitch, and although former Arsenal striker Wright was impressed with his performance, he pointed out that his compatriot has not done enough this season.
“Agbonlahor was meant to step up ages ago,” Wright told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Wednesday.
Agbonlahor has indeed been in disappointing form this season, having scored just four goals and created only 12 chances in 26 Premier League appearances for Villa.
The 28-year-old has a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 44%, and has won just 38% of the duels.
However, hope springs eternal. Agbonlahor’s performance against West Brom showed that he can still do the job, and Villa fans will hope that he steps up as they try to avoid relegation from the Premier League.