Gabriel Agbonlahor has backed Liam Ridgewell's 'dangerous' move to Birmingham City.
The former England Under 21 international made a £2million switch from Villa Park to St Andrews over the summer and has been installed as stand-in skipper in the continued absence of Damien Johnson.
Ridgewell is now set to line up against his former club for the first time in Sunday's lunchtime clash, live on Sky Sports 1, and Agbonlahor believes the difficult decision has paid off for his former team mate.
"Liam has done really well. It was a good move for him. He wasn't getting the chances here at Villa so to play regular Premier League football, and to get the captain's armband, you can't ask for any more really.
"Was it a funny move by Liam? It was a bit of a dangerous move but he wanted to play football and fair play to him."
Agbonlahor refused to be drawn though on whether coming up against an ex-colleague will allow him to exploit any potential weaknesses.
"I think everyone has got weaknesses," he said, "but I don't want to talk about 'Ridge' in that way. He is a really good defender and we will have to wait and see what happens.
"He is a really good defender, good at leadership skills and a good choice for Steve Bruce."