Gardner: Agbonlahor is a 'club legend' and my main inspiration

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Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has highlighted the threat Gabby Agbonlahor poses against any team.

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has described attacker Gabby Agbonlahor as a ‘club legend’ and an inspiration to players like himself, as he spoke to the club’s website.

Gardner is fighting for a chance in a Villa shirt before the end of the season and could feature in the match against Burnley this weekend if manager Tim Sherwood is looking to rest other players ahead of the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

If he gets a chance, then Agbonlahor is definitely one player he’ll be looking towards to offer up some words of advice.

“Gabby is a club legend. What an inspiration for young lads like me trying to make it at Villa,” he said.

“He's come through the academy system and now he's our longest-serving current player and our top goalscorer in the Premier League. On the pitch, he's a threat. He's so, so fast and that pace worries defenders.”

Sherwood has already shown that he’s not afraid to throw younger players into his first team and Gardner should be looking to give him a selection headache for next season.

Jack Grealish has excelled under the guidance of Sherwood and it will be interesting to see if Gardner can have a similar impact if he’s given the same sort of opportunity.

Agbonlahor plays in a different position, but he is proof to any younger player at the club of what can be achieved for any individual willing to get his head down and work hard for the cause over a long period.

Aston Villa fans are a great bunch and they will always respond when they see one of their own playing well.

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