Gabriel Agbonlahor has praised his Aston Villa strike partner John Carew and insisted he would only swap him for Brazil legend Pele.

Carew tormented the West Brom defence during Sunday's 2-1 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns which pushed Villa into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

Agbonlahor said: "I wouldn't swap John for anyone at the moment - apart from maybe Pele!"

Norway international Carew scored the opening goal and also hit the post twice as the Baggies struggled to cope with his power and aerial presence.

Agbonlahor also found the net and his partnership with Carew has now yielded nine goals already this season.

The England Under-21 player said: "Myself and John are working hard on our partnership. We have been playing together for a while and hopefully we can continue to get better and score more goals.

"The big man-small man combination is working. It is a good partnership and long may it continue.

"John is doing well. He is a good player. He showed it again at West Brom with the chances he had. I don't think many players would have got the power he did on the header for the goal.

"It was the way he played all game. None of their defenders could get near him.

"He is a nightmare for defenders with his size. He is quick as well, and he has also got a good finish. He has got everything a top striker wants."

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