Gabriel Agbonlahor: If it wasn't for this goal, I'd probably have been sold

Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor believes if he didn't score back in 2006 against Everton, he may not have had such a successful career.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has admitted to the club's official website that he may no longer be at the club if he hadn't scored on his debut.

Agbonlahor netted on his first appearance for Villa back in 2006, when he started in a defeat to Everton, and the striker still considers it a defining moment in his career.

The striker is set to make his 300th appearance for the Villans against Sunderland this weekend, but he thinks things could have gone differently if he didn't score so soon into his first-team career.

"I certainly remember my debut at Goodison Park," he said. "I recall that a couple of players were unavailable through injury and illness so I got the opportunity to make my debut.

"It was a disappointing day for the team. We got beaten heavily by Everton but I got one chance and I put it away. t was delight for me but not very good for the team because of the result.

"If I look back now, if I hadn't scored maybe I wouldn't be here today. I could have made my debut and then not played afterwards but because I scored the manager kept me in and around the first team for the rest of the season."

Despite Agbonlahor's loyal service to Villa he still divides certain sections of the crowd, due to his lack of end product.

The England international is obviously a threat due to his pace, but his goalscoring record in recent years has not been as impressive as it might have been.

Agbonlahor has scored just four times in 27 appearances this season and unless he can start finding the back of the net with more regularity, then critics will continue to come his way.

The good news for Agbonlahor is that he has shown signs of improvement under Tim Sherwood, but he will need to keep on impressing if he is to win over all of his doubters at Villa Park.

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