Henri Lansbury was this week left out of Aston Villa’s 25-man squad for their Premier League campaign, capping an almighty fall from grace for the man once tipped for big things at Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder has battled several injuries during his time at Villa Park after initially delighting the Villa Park faithful following a £2.75 million switch across the Midlands.

Lansbury earned some praise from boss Dean Smith following his omission, calling him a ‘likeable character’ and a ‘good player’ but conceding other players are ahead of him.

(Photo; Marc Atkins; Getty Images)

The 30-year-old singed for Villa in 2017 leaving the City Ground under a cloud having forced a move away from the club.

In three years, Lansbury managed just 53 appearances, scoring twice and registering nine assists for the club – but failing to hold down a regular place in the team.

The midfielder often divided opinion on Trentside. Some were critical of his apparent lack of showing up just for the big games, whilst others used to think the player was underrated.

In 150 games for the Reds, the man who captained the side on several occasions scored 33 goals and registered 20 assists, although that doesn’t give a completely true reflection.

When used properly in the No.8 role, playing between the lines, Lansbury has the capabilities to thrive. Often at Forest, he was asked to play a holding role and that simply didn’t suit him.


Whilst some Forest fans will look on at Lansbury’s demise with a smirk, others will despair at what is ultimately a massive fall from grace and an undoubted waste of talent.

Watford FC v Aston Villa - Premier League

(Photo; Leila Coker; MI News; NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Reds have a plethora of midfield talent and not too many are suggesting that he’s an immediate requirement for Forest to put on their list of targets for January.

It’s fair to say, however, that a fit and firing Lansbury playing to the best of his ability would be an asset to most clubs in the Championship.

And that includes Nottingham Forest.

Have something to tell us about this article?