Gabriel Agbonlahor tells Aston Villa fans he is 100% committed to helping club win promotion

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

The striker was a controversial figure amongst supporters last season.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

Much-criticised Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has assured the club's supporters that he is 100% committed to helping the club fight to regain their Premier League status, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Agbonlahor was the target of anger and frustration from Villa fans last season for a perceived poor attitude and lack of fitness, as the striker and club captain managed just 18 appearances and a single goal as the Birmingham side were relegated in utter misery.

The 29-year-old has increasingly fallen out of favour amongst the Villa Park faithful who feel that the boyhood Villa fan has not been contributing as much as he should to their cause.

He hit the headlines earlier this year when he was photographed partying in Dubai and was exiled by then-caretaker manager Eric Black for being unfit to play.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor scores their second goal

Those actions led to him resigning as the club's captain, a move which was not met with any particular sympathy from the Villa supporters.

He was also heavily criticised by former players Stan Collymore and Shaun Teale for his actions, with both ex-stars suggesting that the player could and possibly should be sacked by the club.

However, Agbonlahor has now insisted, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail, that he remains 100% committed to the club's cause and had only flattering things to say about the Villans faithful.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor in action with Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri

The Villa stalwart said: "I think it’s exciting times and everyone associated with the club just wants to get back up to the Premiership as soon as possible - that’s what we’ll be fighting for from the first game.

"I’ll be trying to give 100% every game if I’m chosen, and just to do what the whole squad will be trying to do - pay the fans back for their support and get the club back to where it belongs.

"I know there are a lot of fans that don’t speak too well of me and there are those that do. What I’d say to them is that I’ll be trying 100%. I’m disappointed to be part of the team that sent us down into the Championship. I think the fans do deserve to be in the Premiership, as they always have been."

Agbonlahor has spent the entirety of his professional career with his boyhood club and his 73 goals in 322 league appearances make him the club's all-time Premier League record goalscorer.

Leicester City's Robert Huth in action with Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

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