Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor 'happy' in current striking role

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Agbonlahor has shone recently playing in a more central role.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor appears to have been one of the reasons behind the recent revival under new manager Tim Sherwood at Villa Park.

Agbonlahor scored twice in the 4-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend to move them up to 16th in the Premier League, leapfrogging their opponents. 

This came after he scored the opening goal in the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion to give the side their first win under Sherwood.

Saturday was Agbonlahor's 300th Premier League appearance, and he told their website: "It's a massive achievement for myself, I'm buzzing and to get two goals was perfect.

"It's always good to score especially when you're playing down the middle. I'm enjoying playing there.

"In different games, the gaffer will change it as he sees fit and I'm happy to be playing as striker at the moment.

"We're creating more chances and we're starting to put them away which is good for Christian and I in terms of confidence."

Earlier on in the season under Paul Lambert, it wouldn't have been unusual to see Agbonlahor take up a more wide position, but Sherwood seems set on playing him alongside Christian Benteke - who also seems to be benefiting from the changes undertaken at the club in recent weeks.

Agbonlarhor's tally has been doubled as a result of recent games as Sherwood has tried to address the issue of a lack of goals in the Villa side. Though they are still the lowest scoring sides in the division, there is a fair amount of firepower that he is trying to exploit, and for now it seems to be working.

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