Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly against AFC Telford United.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has been told by Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness that he now needs to prove he deserves a new contract at the club.
The forward's current deal with the Villans expires at the end of the season and therefore he could potentially start discussing terms with other teams in January.
Steve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa, looks on with Colin Calderwood during the Sky Bet Championship match against Sunderland.
"Gabby is into his last year of a contract for the first time in a while," Wyness told the Birmingham Mail.
"He did work hard when Steve Bruce came in to get himself fit. He's been unfortunate with a couple of injuries since then. But he's got to work for it. For anything to happen it’s down to him."
Agbonlahor is the club's all-time leading Premier League scorer with 73 goals and is also their longest serving current player having come through the academy in 2005 and played 388 games in all competitions since.
However, in more recent times the 31-year-old has had fitness and injury concerns and has made just four appearances this term.
Agbonlahor has fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park under manager Steve Bruce and therefore the question of whether they should extend his stay is debateable.
The attacker is reported to earn £54,000-a-week by the Telegraph and most fans seem to think that his performances don't warrant anywhere near that amount.
When asked whether Agbonlahor should get a new contract the supporters seemed to be agreed on Twitter.
No, players like Gabby, Micah, McCormack big fat contracts offering nothing last few seasons, doesn't help with FFP— Dave Green (@DaveGre18367598) December 4, 2017
Yes at Walsall/Hednesford or his much preferred MLS.— David Wainwright (@dwainwright1974) December 4, 2017
No problem with Gabby .He's had his time and a good run .just not happened for 4 years due to fitness, attitude, managerial changes and team being all over the place .
Scored a lot of important goals for us.#utv
Not a chance....if he gets a new deal then the Dr has learnt nothing. It won’t happen...he will leave and most probably not play again for anyone else— Wayne Homer (@VillaWayne) December 4, 2017
I can think of 55,000 reasons why that is a NO.— bc (@golfing_twit) December 4, 2017
With a goal tally of about 5/6 in about 7 seasons let me think .....hold on I’m still thinking ...... wait abit I’m still thinking— aaron (@smilerdonZombie) December 4, 2017
The only way he should get a new contract is if he manages to stay injury free and score 10+ goals between now and the end of the season, but even then would only offer him a 1 year deal and on much lower wages. Apart from that, time to say goodbye. #AVFC— Dale Parkes (@dale_villain) December 5, 2017