Gabriel Agbonlahor reckons Aston Villa starlet Louie Barry should look to join a club where he will get more game time when the January window comes around.
The 18-year-old joined League One side Ipswich on a loan deal in the summer transfer window but has found game time hard to come by in recent weeks.
His last league appearance came as a two minute cameo in a 2-1 defeat against Cheltenham Town back in August.
Barry has since been left out of the last five matchday squads, his only appearance since August coming in the Papa John’s trophy clash against West Ham U23s.
The lack of game time has led to suggestions that the forward could be recalled to Villa Park in the January transfer window, something which Villa fans would be keen to see happen .
“Every time I check, I don’t even see him on the bench, never mind starting which is very strange,” he told Football Insider .
“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.”
While it may be a frustrating time for the player, Agbonlahor says that it could benefit Barry in the long run if he gets his next loan move right.
“Not to worry, for him. It’s just a bit frustrating for him when he sees other players getting first-team games in the cup,” he added.
“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.”