Darren Gough offers Aston Villa advice over Gabriel Agbonlahor's future

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Pundit Darren Gough has had his say on the future of Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, a reported target for Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Agbonlahor is being linked with a move away from his boyhood club after 10 years in the first team with Midlands rivals West Brom and Wolverhampton Wanderers said to be interested, as reported by the likes of the Birmingham Mail.

The fans' favourite had carved out a reputation as being one of the quickest and most dangerous strikers in the Premier League with 84 goals in 373 games for Villa.

But despite his side being rooted to the bottom of the league and looking certainties for relegation, Villa boss Remi Garde is believed to be willing to let him leave the club.

Agbonlahor has featured just 10 times in all competitions this season and is yet to register a goal with Villa marooned on eight points at the foot of the table.

'Looks like Villa have given up'

But pundit and former cricketer Darren Gough has told talkSPORT what he thinks Villa should do with Agbonlahor.

"To me it looks like Villa have given up," Gough said on talkSPORT.

"The draw with Wycombe was the breaking point, the fans are fed up they're not being listened to, the owner looks like he wants out.

"If they do go down I don't seem them coming back up.

"But they should be planning for the Championship and should be looking to keep (the likes) of Agbonlahor and Jack Grealish and build a team for next season.

"So I'd keep Agbonlahor because he would be deadly in the Championship, get promoted, then they can look to sell him if they want to."

On the wane?

The Villa academy graduate burst onto the scene as a 19-year-old with searing pace and won three England caps, the last of which came in October 2009.

But recent years have been less productive for the striker, with just 10 goals in his last two full campaigns.

He signed a new four-year contract in September 2014 but was linked with a move to the Far East in the summer, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Even if his goalscoring prowess isn't what it once was, after a decade of service Agbonlahor knows the club inside out and surely his pace should be utilised in some way by Garde as he plots the most unlikely of turnarounds.

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