End of the road: Should Villa cut their losses on struggling Agbonlahor?

Does the 28-year-old really have anything left to offer Aston Villa?

On Saturday morning, Aston Villa fans would have felt something they have many times already over the last few months.

Indeed, they would have been feeling disappointed but not surprised. Not by the fact their side were narrowly beaten by Manchester United - but by the fact Gabby Agbonlahor had spent yet another game up front without delivering.

At Villa Park, the forward demonstrated what he so often has before in the Midlands - pace and work-rate.

But Agbonlahor also demonstrated other things he has been guilty of before - a poor touch, a lack of direction to go with all that fast running and a general lack of end product. It wasn't even worth considering the Villa man as a potential goalscorer on the night...

And, taking into account the amount of forwards brought in at Aston Villa this summer, should the club actually cut their losses on the 28-year-old?

Tim Sherwood appears a fan of Agbonlahor's but, against United, it was blind faith at best. Keeping him in the Villa side appears to be having a negative effect on the rest of the team. Once Rudy Gestede is fit, meanwhile, there will no longer be a place for a forward who lacks quality and can't lead the line. After struggling for so long at Villa, is it the end of the road for Agbonlahor?

Following Aston Villa's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, plenty of fans expressed a similar view on Twitter, with many HITC readers also agreeing in the comments section...

Mike Stokes wrote: 'Couldn't agree more regarding Gabby - passed his best three years ago & I can't understand how he even gets in the squad. Gestede may not have been fit but Kozak is and has not played a minute yet, despite scoring three goals in pre season. Why didn't he start with Gestede & then replace him with Kozak? At least then we would have had some attacking options. Seriously worried about a manager who does not try and exploit an obvious weakness in Uniteds defence ie: Blind. To make matters worse, why bring on a defensive midfielder (Sanchez) for Veretout when you are losing 1-0 with 15 minutes to go. Lambert failed at the Villa because he was tactically inept - I am seriously worried that we may have another manager with the same problem!! I hope he proves me wrong.'

Kenneth Smart wrote: 'Shame really as Gabby has probably demonstrated one quality lacking in most modern footballers - LOYALTY. But there is no room for any sentiment now and clearly Gabby has struggled for more than a season. Good enough as a squad player but never as our first choice striker. If there is a way to "let him down" gently then we have to find it.'

Domingo wrote: 'no other premier league team would take him. he is rubbish and its time he was dropped from the first team squad. im fed up with the local boy done good attitude towards worse than average players. gabby looked a decent player when he was younger but has not improved so its time to go.'

TomF_AVFC wrote: 'Gabby is shockingly bad and been in the Prem for yrs. Ayew worked hard and grew into the game in his 2nd start, our 'loyal' CF did zilch! He's stealing a living'

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