Steve Bruce should never have shown so much faith in Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Derby, England.

Aston Villa have been left short up-front this season, with Gabriel Agbonlahor failing to make an impact.

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa shows his frustration during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Derby, England.

Steve Bruce put his faith in Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor over pre-season, but that decision is proving to be a big mistake now.

Villa went into the campaign with Agbonlahor as one of their strikers, despite many fans feeling that the long-serving forward was set for a move elsewhere.

Bruce told the Birmingham Mail about how he wanted to give Agbonlahor a fresh chance, and he had been impressed by the 31-year-old forward.

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on April 23, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

However, Agbonlahor has barely had any impact this season due to persistent injuries, and the rapid striker’s failings have been exposed.

Villa are now badly struggling for a striker, and Bruce’s decision to stick by Agbonlahor is looking like a major error.

Although Bruce could hardly have foreseen such a bad injury crisis hitting his squad, he did put too much faith in Agbonlahor.

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

The forward simply has not performed for the claret and blues for a number of seasons, and Bruce’s faith in the forward has proven very misplaced.

Villa were forced to start with Josh Onomah up-front against Derby County, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the weekend.

And Bruce may be looking back with some regret now, over not buying a striker in the summer and offloading Agbonlahor, when he had the chance.

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