Joleon Lescott praises Aston Villa teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goal of the season during Aston Villa's match against Norwich City.

Joleon Lescott has told Aston Villa’s official website that Gabriel Agbonlahor is a match for any player in the Premier League on his day.

Agbonlahor has struggled for goals this season, but he did score in Villa’s 2-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend.

The 29-year-old looked impressive against the Canaries and Lescott believes that his attacking teammate will be important for the rest of the season.

"When he [Agbonlahor] is fit, he's a match for anybody," the central defender said. 

"These three points are massive because the games are running out for us to pick up points.

"No disrespect to Norwich but that was a game we believed we could win and we're going to have to win other games like this to get out of trouble.

"Experience counts for a lot in this game, especially in the Premier League.

“With the likes of Micah [Richards], Gabby and I, our experience can only be good.”

Agbonlahor’s future at Villa was heavily speculated about in the January transfer window, with the Birmingham Mail suggesting that the Claret and Blues were looking to offload him.

However, Remi Garde has started the attacker in Villa’s last two matches and he could now have a key role to play for the rest of the season.

Even though Villa did beat Norwich, they still have a lot of work to do if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop this season.

Garde’s side are still eight points adrift of safety, and only a wonderful run of form between now and the end of the campaign would see them retain their Premier League status.

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