Gary Neville jokes about Gabriel Agbonlahor's performance, highlights embarrassing stat

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gary Neville has slammed Gabriel Agbonlahor's display against Tottenham Hotspur.

Pundit Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that he is concerned for Aston Villa - largely because striker Gabriel Agbonlahor had just eight touches against Tottenham Hotspur.

Villa remain bottom of the Premier League table having lost 3-1 at Tottenham on Monday night, with goals from Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli and Harry Kane easing Spurs to victory.

A deflected strike from Jordan Ayew did give Villa hope, but it wasn't meant to be for Villa as they made it nine defeats from 11 games in the Premier League this season.

Just hours before kick off, Villa appointed Frenchman Remi Garde as their new manager following the departure of Tim Sherwood just over a week ago, and he certainly has a tough task on his hands.

After the game at White Hart Lane, pundit Gary Neville assessed Villa's performance - and singled out one player for criticism.

Neville told Sky Sports that he is concerned about forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, because he touched the ball just eight times in the first half of the game, and two of those touches were for kick-offs.

"We looked at Gabriel Agbonlahor, who's a centre forward," said Neville. "I had to check and thought it wasn't right, but he had eight touches in the first half - the lowest touches of any player this season in the Premier League - and two of them were kick-offs!"

"I'm concerned a little bit, that he's not got a touch anywhere near the 18-yard box, so they've got to get the ball in to the centre forward, they've got to get hold of the ball somehow. You've absolutely no chance if you don't get your centre forward involved in the game. I mean, eight touches and two of them being the kick-off is...worrying," he added.

Agbonlahor was taken off at half time having endured a difficult first half, and with just ten goals since the start of the 2013-14 season, the 29-year-old is struggling in front of goal.

Garde now needs to try and get the best out of Agbonlahor, but Neville's comments show just how much trouble Villa are in, having failed to provide regular service to Agbonlahor against Tottenham.

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