Aston Villa striker – ‘don’t judge me on goals’

Gabby AgbonlahorAston Villa‘s Gabby Agbonlahor says he should not be judged by his goalscoring record this year as he regularly plays out of position.

The 26-year-old has scored eight times so far this campaign, including two in his last two games against relegation rivals Reading and QPR.

He has been overshadowed though by summer signing Christian Benteke, who has grabbed 17 goals since his £7million move from Genk.

Austria forward Andreas Wiemann has also bagged 11 goals playing in a more advanced position, with Agbonlahor forced out on to the wing.

The Birmingham-born forward insists he is happy to play anywhere for the team as they look to claw themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone in their remaining eight games.

However, he feels his selflessness is not being recognised and he continues to be judged on his scoring record despite not playing upfront for large parts of the season.

“People will see your goals (and judge you) but they don’t see the position you are playing and they don’t realise the job you’re doing for the team,” he told the Express and Star.

“It is a different season and it’s been different to what it was before with the whole team. You have different roles.

“Three or four years ago I was playing as a striker – then you get judged on your goals. The last few seasons I have been playing more and more as a winger.

“For me I’m just happy to be in the side so wherever I get told to play I will do it.”

[cat_link cat=”aston-villa” type=”grid”]