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Ipswich Town loanee Louie Barry encouraged to seek Portman Road exit by ex-Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor

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Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested it would be best for Louie Barry's development if he cut short his loan spell at Ipswich Town.

The Villa youngster joined the Tractor Boys for the season in the summer but despite much optimism surrounding his arrival, he has only made five appearances so far.

Recent speculation suggested that his Premier League parent club were giving strong consideration to recalling the England youth international this winter, although Town boss Paul Cook responded to that report by insisting Barry still had a role to play at Portman Road.

Louie Barry joined Ipswich on loan from Aston Villa. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Louie Barry joined Ipswich on loan from Aston Villa. Picture: Barry Goodwin

However, having experienced tough loan spells himself during his own playing days, ex-England forward Agbonlahor has backed the 18-year-old to learn from his time in Suffolk.

He told Football Insider: “I like to look at the young players at Aston Villa, I check the line-ups and the commentary on their games. Every time I check, I don’t even see him on the bench, never mind starting which is very strange.

“I can relate to that. I went to Sheffield Wednesday and Watford and barely played. If I’m Louie Barry, I’d think ‘Ok, that’s fine. I’m going to come back in January or earlier if I’m allowed and go somewhere else’. This loan will not put him off.

“He just has to go somewhere where a manager will play him week in, week out. If that’s League Two, rather than League One so be it, at least you’re getting games.

“I went on loan and didn’t play and then came back and within a few weeks, I was starting in the Premier League.

“You learn a lot. You learn that football’s not easy. He was probably on top of the world recently. But sometimes in football, you have down parts in your career.

“He’ll come back stronger and learn from this. When he comes back to Villa he’ll choose the right manager and the right club. Maybe it wasn’t the right fit for him."

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