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Gabriel Agbonlahor and Joleon Lescott are a disgrace to Aston Villa

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It's been a disastrous campaign for Aston Villa. The Villians have won just three of their 34 league fixtures thus far and following their confirmed relegation on Saturday will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst teams in Premier League history.

And two particular players to blame for their dramatic fall this season is Gabriel Agbonlahor and Joleon Lescott.

Villa's fate was officially sealed against Manchester United after yet another below par performance and courtesy of Marcus Rashford's strike.


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Though it was only mathematically confirmed at the weekend, the writing has been on the wall for the Birmingham-based outfit since the turn of the year.

So much has gone wrong for Villa this season, with unrest apparent throughout the club. Chairman Randy Lerner has been the target of fans' protests and coupled with uninspiring signings and woeful managerial appointments, it really comes as no surprise how they've struggled this campaign.

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One of the biggest problems Villa have faced, though, is the poor performances of the club's senior players.

Agbonlahor is one of such individuals. Having been at the club since the age of eight, his distinct lack of commitment this season has been shocking, managing just 13 Premier League appearances and scoring once.

Last week, he was suspended after being pictured smoking from a shisha pipe on holiday in Dubai and has how been sent on a two-week fitness programme. For a man once touted as the next big thing, his fall from grace has been almost identical to his clubs.

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The criticism aimed at Agbonlahor has been nothing compared to that suffered by centre-back Lescott, though. The 33-year-old was heavily condemned for tweeting a picture of a Mercedes Benz onto his official Twitter account following Villa's 6-0 defeat to Liverpool, which he claimed was an accident.

The former Manchester City defender angered fans further after their confirmed relegation on Saturday, saying in an interview: "Now it’s confirmed maybe it’s a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances."

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Such comments are disgraceful, especially so from a man who has largely underperformed as one of the club's more experienced players.

With a squad overhaul expected at Villa this summer, fans will expect Agbonlahor and Lescott to be shown the exit and replaced by players willing to show fight and commitment to the cause.

However, you have to wonder who would want to join the Villains after such a poor campaign.

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