Leeds rub salt into Agbonlahor wounds after criticism before win over Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor: Slate wiped clean

Leeds United have mocked former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor after their 3-0 win on Friday night.

Villa went into the game with a 100 per cent record from their first four Premier League games this season. However, Patrick Bamford scored a hat-trick to take all three points back to Elland Road.

It was a particularly sweet victory for Leeds fans, who had taken issue with Agbonlahor’s comments in the buildup to the game.

The former Villa striker had claimed that Dean Smith deserved as much credit as Marcelo Bielsa – describing the Leeds boss as a “myth” via Twitter.

Agbonlahor also told talkSPORT before the game: “Everyone is getting excited about Bielsa, but if you’re getting that excited by Bielsa, you must be putting the red carpet down for Dean Smith.

“Maybe because he’s English we don’t get too excited by him, but what he’s doing, tactics-wise, at Aston Villa, he deserves a lot of credit.

“I feel like people need to calm down with Leeds United at the moment.”

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But it was Bielsa who outwitted Smith at Villa Park – much to the delight of those who revere the man whom Agbonlahor had played down the significance of.

And Leeds were keen to rub salt into the wounds for Agbonlahor – with their official Twitter account poking fun at the Villa legend.

Leeds shared images of Agbonlahor’s pre-match criticism alongside a picture of their celebrations during the game, with the caption “How it started. How it ended.”


Phillips pokes fun at Agbonlahor

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips was also quick to laugh at Agbonlahor’s expense after the full-time whistle.

Phillips missed the game through injury, but was keeping a keen eye on proceedings – and gave his own response to Agbonlahor at the end of the game.

Quoting a tweet Agbonlahor had sent earlier that day, which read “Good morning to everyone but Leeds fans”, Phillips wrote: “Good night to all Leeds fans” with a laughing emoji and yellow and blue hearts, before telling the pundit to “sleep tight”.

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