Gabriel Agbonlahor has raised eyebrows with his latest comments, after the pundit selected just two Tottenham Hotspur players compared to nine Aston Villa players in his combined XI for the two sides.
Tottenham host Villa at the weekend in the first game back after the international break, with the Lilywhites looking to bounce back from two straight defeats.
Ange Postecoglou‘s men were flying high until the wheels came off against Chelsea at the start of the month. With injuries and suspensions affecting the squad, Spurs suffered a late loss against Wolves in their last game.
Aston Villa are on fire this season, too, with Unai Emery continuing the fine work he started last term with the Midlands club.
Just one point separates the two clubs going into the weekend, with the winner of the upcoming tie set to end the week in the top four.
Agbonlahor’s questionable combined XI
It’s fair to say that both sides have great players, but Gabriel Agbonlahor definitely appears to have let his personal bias as a former Aston Villa player affect his decision-making when asked to name his combined XI for the two teams.
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Speaking to talkSPORT, Agbonlahor only selected Destiny Udogie and Heung-min Son from the Spurs squad. There is a catch, though. Agbonlahor has only chosen from players who are available for selection right now, which is why the likes of James Maddison aren’t in the team.
The rest of his XI includes: Emi Martinez, Matty Cash, Ezra Konsa, Pau Torres, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Boubacar Kamara, Moussa Diaby, and Ollie Watkins.
The pundit also said: “I think [Villa] will finish above Spurs this season.”
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Even with the caveat that he’s selecting available players, I think the omission of Guglielmo Vicario, Pedro Porro, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Dejan Kulusevski is a strange way to go.