It is the end of an era for Aston Villa fans, as they are now finally able to move on to a life without Gabriel Agbonlahor. The 31-year-old bid farewell to Villa Park at the weekend following the conclusion of the club's final home game prior to the play-offs getting underway.
As reported by Birmingham Mail, Agbonlahor kept his speech short and sweet, giving fans the chance to let them know what they thought of his departure one way or another.
"Just want to say thank you to all the support and keep supporting the team well like you've been doing all season." he said.
"I think we've got a great bunch lads here and hopefully they can achieve their goal. Thank you."
For some, it was a gesture that meant a great deal, but for others, it has not quite been enough to erase some of the painful memories caused by the uncertainty surrounding his future over the last few seasons.
Of course, supporters will always fondly remember some of the important goals he scored for the club in the top flight and, moving forward, it seems as if Jack Grealish will be taking over as the boyhood hero at Villa Park.
For now, however, here are a set of the most notable reactions to Gabby's exit on social media:
He’s had his ups and downs but growing up Gabby was my favourite player, yes he’s let the club and fans down and he knows that, but we can’t forget the great memories he’s given us, especially against the blues, good luck, thanks for everything #AVFC #UTV pic.twitter.com/Ms2OLP36Nb— AVFCNews (@Football_Pollss) April 28, 2018
I hate no one. Wheelan has played well all season, Hutton has been majestic, Taylor is a good player who appears not to have recovered from being sent off for Wales Gabby deserved his applause but let himself down by not coming over to acknowledge the Holte— Brodie Bear (@ryhallnobby) April 29, 2018
More thoughts and this is leaving a nasty taste. Gary Shaw was another boyhood Villa fan and unlike Gabby, his goals meant we won leagues and cups. When his time came, no fanfare, no presentation, just sold by Graham Taylor. Now HE was a proper #avfc legend as you kids call it https://t.co/Ae2zz40cKp— David Summers (@davidsummers64) April 28, 2018
Sorry, can't get behind the Gabby love-in.— Graham Allcott (@grahamallcott) April 28, 2018
He's not our top goalscorer (football wasn't invented in 1992).
If he's so much of a Villa fan, why didn't he play or care when we got relegated?
Wasted his talent, wasted our wage bill. Good riddance. #avfchttps://t.co/YufXJnYLLK
Maybe it’s because I’ve seen some quality strikers at Villa over the last 40 odd years, that I scratch my head at those sad at seeing Gabby leave, and calling him a legend.— Guy Bradley (@GuyBradley) April 28, 2018
Don’t think he’d get in my top 20 if I’m honest. #avfc
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