Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has confirmed he offered to play for Aston Villa for free, after Villa’s failure to return to the Premier League left them struggling financially before the summer takeover as reported in the Daily Mail.
The former England forward and Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer made the genuine offer prior to Nassef Sawiris and Wes Eden, buying a 55 per cent stake in the club in July.
Agbonlahor confirmed: “There were no strings attached, I didn’t want paying, no appearance money, nothing, it was a genuine offer to help the club I love.
Does this gesture showcase how much Gabby loves Villa?
There’s absolutely no doubt that he loves the club.
He made 341 appearances in a 13-year-spell with Villa and I am stunned that they didn’t take him up on the offer of him playing for free.
In isolation, it’s a wonderful gesture but had he done more in the years before he would have still been at the club over the summer.
There’s no point really having a go, though, and so let’s just say fair play for the offer.
It shows how much he needs a deal somewhere.
Sure, he loves the club, we get that.
But he also needs to be in the shop window, does he not? Maybe I’m just being a pessimist, but it’s just too twee to think it was all about the club.
Possibly, or just his desperation.
If he loved the club so much he would have put in far more work when he was actually there.