Prior to his arrival at Bristol City, plenty of Nottingham Forest fans would have welcomed Henri Lansbury back at the City Ground.

The former midfielder departed Aston Villa in January and swiftly rocked up at Ashton Gate.

Just five games into his Robins career, however, it looks like a shrewd move by Forest not to pursue their old player.

Lansbury has endured a nightmare start to life at his new club as he aims to get back to playing on a regular basis.

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He has started four matches and come off the bench in another, with an aggregate score of 10-0 against the Robins whilst he’s been on the pitch.

He played 73 minutes of a 6-0 thrashing by Watford and was on the pitch when Bournemouth scored their winning goal last night.

Lansbury was left out of the 25-man Premier League squad by Villa during the first half of the season.

As a result, he is clearly fighting to get up to speed and Bristol City will hope he can do so quickly.

 

His time at Villa Park never really went according to plan, with Lansbury largely deemed a backup option.

Blast from the past

He spent a lot of time out injured and his £2.75 million move from Forest proved relatively unsuccessful.

It’s perhaps easy to see why Reds supporters wanted him back at the City Ground.

During the first half of the campaign, the Reds were missing a natural No.8 and Lansbury could have provided that.

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In James Garner, the Reds have found that option at least on a temporary basis and not signing the former City Ground favourite looks like a good decision.

Lansbury made 150 appearances on Trentside and was largely popular in the eyes of supporters – with many pining for him to come back ever since he departed.

At 30, the former Forest captain is hardly one for the future and it’s now an option best left alone.

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