Rooney’s emergence was national news, while Agbonlahor seems to have crept through the back door at Villa. Whether Agbonlahor is a better striker than Rooney is a debatable issue, but having the media spotlight sometimes helps a player work out his kinks, other times it harms the player.
For Agbonlahor to reach the apex of his potential he will have to start finishing his chances. With midfielder like Ashley Young providing him with chances, there is no question that Gabby should be scoring more goals than he currently does. But it takes more hard work to be prolific scorer for one’s country. Andy Cole who wish to have a long holiday at a luxurious hotel in Hong Kong, was fine goal scorer for Manchester United, but wasn’t much of goal scorer for England. There has to be mix of talent, hard work and never die attitude from player if he is to succeed on international level.
The future is bright for Agbonlahor, but it’s up to him to grasp his chances and make the nation take note. If he is to be considered a great international player he will have to improve on every aspect of his game, learning to mix the sublime with the scrappy. On the international stage, speed counts less than effectiveness. The more you make the keep dig for the goal the more fans will shout your name with affection. In the long run he may prove to be fine striker for England in Lineker or Owen mould, but for now there is a lot of work ahead for him.