Agbonlahor wants to be the main-man in attack

Aston Villa striker Gabby AgbonlahorAston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor wants manager Paul Lambert to deploy him as a centre-forward this season.

The 25-year-old was used in a number of positions last term, including wide midfield and behind the main striker. Agbonlahor, who missed Villa’s first two games of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign with a knee injury, is now hopeful that he will be played in his preferred position.

He told Sky Sports:

“Last season I was being used more left midfield or off the striker and it was a different sort of formation. If you don’t get a run of games (in the same position) it can sort of mess your head up. Hopefully I can get a certain amount of games in my preferred position.”

However, Agbonlahor admits that he will have to fight for the centre-forward position with Darren Bent, Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke and Jordan Bowery.

“No one is guaranteed a starting place and they’re going to be coming after my place. That was the same when I was younger. I was going for other players’ places.”

Villa will host Swansea City in their next Premier League game on Saturday.