Man Utd star Antony slammed as ’embarrassing’ and a ‘bluffer’ by Gabby Agbonlahor as ex-England ace mocks infamous spin
ANTONY was slammed as “embarrassing” and a “bluffer” in a brutal assessment by Gabby Agbonlahor.
And then the former Aston Villa striker mocked the Manchester United winger’s trademark spin.
GettyAntony came under heavy criticism from Gabby Agbonlahor[/caption]
talkSPORTThe former Villa striker mocked the trademark spin ball trick live on the radio[/caption]
The Red Devils splashed out £85.5million to land the Brazilian from Ajax.
But the 22-year-old has chipped in with just five goals and one assist in 22 appearances so far – and no goal contributions in the Premier League since early October prompting accusations of being a “YouTube player”.
And Agbonlahor is particularly disappointed by his efforts, most recently against Forest last night when he again pulled out the ball trick.
The three-cap ex-England man fumed on talkSPORT: “Manchester United have looked better since Erik ten Hag has come in and they’ve done better in the last few months.
“But when I look at Antony, there’s been a few big transfers in the Premier League, £86m for him…
“I think he’s a bluffer. I think when he gets the ball, he doesn’t take a player on. He doesn’t have the speed to take players on.
“With 11 league games he’s got three goals, no assists. Four Carabao Cup games, one goal, no assists. Two FA Cup games, one goal, one assist. That’s one assist in all competitions.
“He doesn’t do what Rashford does. Rashford gets the ball direct, takes players on, puts balls into the box.”
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Agbonlahor continued his rant and then got out of his chair in the studio and hopped around in a circle to demonstrate the infamous spin.
The Villa Park hero added: “The big thing for me is Antony’s number of crosses. He’s put in 1.5 crosses [average] per game.
“If you’re a striker, you’re making runs and he’s doing his tricks, cutting in, cutting back, not putting the ball in the box.
“I played with a great winger, Ashley Young, still playing now at 37. His first season at Aston Villa, he got nine goals and 14 assists.
“You always knew he was going to put the ball in, take a player on, do his stepovers, do his chops, but he’d always put the ball in the right areas.
“For me, Antony’s 1.5 crosses a game is not good enough.”
On the spin, Agbonlahor concluded: “What would you do if you were a defender?
“It’s embarrassing, he needs to liven up!”
Sky SportsAntony pulled out the trick in the win over Forest[/caption]