Paul Merson wades into Gabriel Agbonlahor suspension debate

Gabriel Agbonlahor

The Aston Villa star has been suspended pending an investigation to recent behaviour.

Aston Villa take on Chelsea this weekend but the Premier League’s bottom club will go into the game without a permanent manager, and one of their longest serving players.

Eric Black will be in interim charge for Villa but he has informed the press today that he has left Gabriel Agbonlahor out of the squad.

Pictures have emerged that seem to suggest that Agbonlahor smoked a shisha pipe whilst enjoying a holiday in Dubai during the international break, as reported by the BBC.

Aston Villa have therefore suspended the player whilst they conduct an internal investigation into the incident.

One former Aston Villa player in Paul Merson, who himself was known to let loose in his playing days, has now had his say on the matter.

The Soccer Saturday pundit told Sky Sports News HQ on Friday (01/04/2016) that the player should have stayed at home, but that the suspension won’t bother him:

“You got to be careful. You have got to stay at home.

“I mean they are struggling. This is a big football club with big fans. You know, cameras nowadays. The lad’s gone on holiday has been photographed and he has paid the price he’s been dropped.

“I don’t think that’s paying the price. He’s probably had a result; they are going to get well beat tomorrow. He’s going to be sitting in the stands watching them get beat when he should be on the pitch.”

Villa will not be expecting anything but a defeat against Chelsea. The Blues have been in good form since the appointment of Guus Hiddink on an interim basis and Villa go into the game off the back of six defeats in a row.

So maybe Agbonlahor won’t mind giving this one a miss.

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