‘I’ve been disappointed with him’ – Agbonlahor calls for Chelsea midfielder to be dropped

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Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor has called for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, currently on loan at Aston Villa, to be dropped.

Barkley impressed after joining Aston Villa on loan but his performances have dropped since his return from a hamstring injury that saw him miss seven games for Aston Villa.

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“I think Dean Smith will want to persist with Barkley,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

“I think this next game against Leicester is the type of game that will suit Sanson, he’s not as attacking as Barkley.

“Leicester are a dangerous team and this game is going to be about which team gets their tactics right, that team will win the game.

“Leicester can mix it up and play very defensively sometimes and on the counter-attack. I think for this game Villa need to change their tactics and go more defensive.

“Smith can’t leave any space in behind for Jamie Vardy to run into. So maybe it’s a game that doesn’t suit Barkley.

“He’s has been outstanding since coming to Aston Villa but in recent games, I’ve been disappointed with him.

“The Barkley I know, the Barkey that everyone has known for the last five or six years, takes people on with speed. I haven’t seen that in recent weeks which is disappointing. It’s probably fair that Sanson gets a chance now.”

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