The 28-year-old striker failed to produce the goods under the lights at Villa Park on Friday night as Tim Sherwood's men fell to a 1-0 defeat.
Gabby Agbonlahor was tasked with leading the line for Aston Villa in Friday night’s home opener against Manchester United but, once again, the long-serving striker drew the ire of supporters with a frustrating performance.
New signing Adama Traore was presented to a sell-out crowd ahead of kick-off but the former Barcelona winger’s unveiling was about as exciting as it got for the Villa fans, who witnessed Adnan Januzaj’s deflected 29th-mintue strike condemn their team to a 1-0 defeat.
Tim Sherwood’s new look side were far from overrun over the course of the match but their failure to create enough chances in the attacking third ended up costing them, despite the best efforts of left-back Jordan Amavi to make things happen down the flank.
The other summer signings from Ligue 1 could be excused somewhat for their struggles to impress given their lack of Premier League experience but, when it comes to Agbonlahor, patience seems to be wearing thin.
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The 28-year-old front man had fewer touches  than any other player in the first-half, while he managed just one headed attempt on goal and eight passes during the full 90 minutes.
He can certainly consider himself fortunate to have kept his place in the line-up due to Rudy Gestede’s fitness and, once the towering striker gets up to full speed, he could well find himself forced to settle for a spot on the bench.
Judging from the reaction on Twitter to the defeat, though, the claret and blue faithful would not mind that in the slightest.
Gabby should not start, gestede should with Sinclair, ayew #avfc— Shauny Boi (@shauny12) August 14, 2015
Someone needs to explain to me what Gabby brings to the Villa without using the words 'he's fast.' #AVFC— Frank (@frday90) August 14, 2015
Gabby was a waste of a shirt yet again, he offers absolutely nothing #avfc— James AVFC (@gortavfc) August 14, 2015
Time for Gabby to be dropped for good, when Gil, Jack and Traore available he should not get a sniff, Sinclair needs to improve also #avfc— Dean Wood (@Dean_AV) August 14, 2015
Has to be said, Gabby Agbonlahor has reached 'Donkey' standard. #avfc— Kevin Bedwell (@Bedders65) August 14, 2015
I love Gabby but he has got to go. He's like the old boy at work who everyone loves but keeps on fucking everything up #avfc— Maindog (@Maindog) August 14, 2015
#AVFC We definitely need a new striker, Gabby you are a true villain but your time is up my friend. You can't lead from the front anymore!— Mark (@Thejourneyman01) August 14, 2015
Maybe Gabby stayed on because Tim forgot he was actually on there in the first place? #AVFC— Phil Hodson (@Hodsie) August 14, 2015
It's so painful to watch Gabby stand about in an offside position twiddling his thumbs every time we try and go forward #avfc— •B€N• (@BenC_1874) August 14, 2015
Can we get "Gabby" stitched into one of those nice seats in the dugout? #AVFC— Phil Hodson (@Hodsie) August 14, 2015
Tonight I've officially washed my hands of gabby , Massively out of his depth! #avfc— Matty Read (@Mattyread92Mr) August 14, 2015