Aston Villa welcomed Gabriel Agbonlahor back into the first-team fold for the first time this season in their draw with Birmingham City last weekend, and the decision has well and truly divided their supporters.
It’s been a tough enough start for Aston Villa as it is, with former boss Roberto Di Matteo only lasting a matter of months before being shown the door but things have slowly begun to pick-up.
With Steve Bruce now at the helm, the Villains have looked a lot more of a secure unit in recent weeks.
But the decision to bring back former captain Gabriel Agbonlahor certainly seems to have divided the Aston Villa camp from the outside in.
Last season has been somewhat erased from the memories of the long-suffering Villa fans, with many of the trouble-makers being moved on as quick as possible.
But Agbonlahor is still around, earning thousands of pounds a week as he continues to feature for the U23’s on a regular basis.
But much to the enjoyment of the Birmingham City fans, the outcast striker came on for the final few minutes and had very little effect, before seeing his nose split open in an aerial encounter.
That in a way summed up how the past few months have been for the former favourite.
In the past, he was a Holte End favourite, adored by the masses and despised by the Bluenoses. But after his ineffective cameo against bitter rivals Birmingham City, it still seems difficult to see the local-lad starting games ahead of the likes of Jonathan Kodjia and Ross McCormack.
He’s not looking up to match fitness yet, which two and a half months into the season remains a bit of a problem. The whole thing just reeks of hanging onto something for the sake of it when really, it might have been easier to cut the ties now.
Agbonlahor had been great for Villa once upon a time but now, Villa should let go.
Not only for the sake of the fans but for the sake of the team going forward too.