Wilkins: Agbonlahor ignored advice

Former Aston Villa coach Ray Wilkins admits controversial forward Gabby Agbonlahor ignored their advice about getting into shape.

Agbonlahor, who has spent his entire professional career at Villa, was banned this week after being caught on a ‘drinking and laughing gas binge’ during a period where the club had put him on a two-week intensive fitness program.

Wilkins reveals it’s not the first time the 29-year-old has given the club problems with his attitude and unprofessionalism.

“It’s very sad to see,” Wilkins told talkSPORT. “You attempt to help out these guys.

“I had words with Gabby when I was at the club earlier this season about his physical condition, but he said he could get himself in nick and do it on his own.

“He told me not to worry about him.

“I thought to myself at the time, ‘now come on, we need you and we need to get you back on track’. But obviously, my words fell on deaf ears.”