Stiliyan Petrov speaks out in defence of suspended Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor

The former Villa star believes Agbonlahor is being unfairly singled out.

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has found himself in hot water recently. First he was suspended for his actions on a holiday in Dubai, then he was given two weeks off to get in shape and now he is suspended again – after another night on the town went public, this time apparently the night Villa suffered relegation to the Championship.

Considering Villa’s woeful season many people will always be looking for a scapegoat and Agbonlahor has become something of an easy target.

But one former Villa player is refusing to lay the blame at Agbonlahor’s door.

Stiliyan Petrov has come out in support of his former team-mate this week, suggesting that it is unfair to blame Agbonlahor. He told Sky Sports News HQ earlier today (20/04/2016):

“That’s Gabby’s type of life all these years. When he was outstanding, when he was bad.

“He loves the club, he’s always out there, he wants to perform.

“Gabby is different. But I don’t think it is his fault what is happening. Yes, he is part of it. He should have dealt better, he should have acted better but I certainly think that is not first time that Gabby has smoked shisha, that Gabby has been out or had a couple of drinks, he’s been partying. Everybody does it.”

Agbonlahor has not helped himself in this matter but Petrov is right to point out the fact that this is nothing new from the striker.

Now that Villa are struggling he is an easy target but the real problems at the club are far more deeply rooted then one player’s antics in the evenings.

Hopefully those issues can be sorted out, because Agbonlahor is not the biggest problem at Aston Villa right now.

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