There were few positives for Aston Villa fans to take from Saturday’s Premier League defeat to high flying Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, but we are now at least going into a run of fixtures we should be looking for maximum points from. With plenty of negatives this weekend, it’s pretty clear that midfielder Henri Lansbury did not take his opportunity to impress, with the common consensus appearing to be that most fans forgot he was even on the pitch.
29-year-old Lansbury was far from the only poor player on show on Saturday but in his 65 minutes on the pitch, statistics website Whoscored credit him with only 29 touches of the ball, no shots, no telling passes, no aerials won, no dribbles and no tackles.
Fair enough, it was his first start in the league this year so maybe he was a bit rusty, but fans clearly expected far more from him than that.
Rubbish. But so were the rest of the midfield.
— Jacko (@Jackodotcom) December 14, 2019
Gut reactions from #SHUAVL:
-Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but this was the wrong game to play Lansbury, he was pedestrian
-Knew this would be a tough game, but wow do we match up badly with Sheffield United, they eat soft teams like us alive#AVFC
— The Front Posts (@FrontPosts) December 14, 2019
Starting Henri Lansbury like wtf I don’t want to scapegoat the fella but he was an average championship player at best how’s he starting in the PL over Douglas Luiz ffs. 🤔 #AVFC
— Richard Tuite (@richardatuite) December 14, 2019
Speechless at this today. Lansbury should never play in the Prem again – didn’t lift a finger. Lack of fight, heart or desire after the goals have gone in. 2 massive home games ahead
— AVFC – Prepared to Step Up 🦁 (@AvfcU) December 14, 2019
No idea why people were happy with Lansbury starting. He's an impact sub, that's it
— Jude (@jude_avfc) December 14, 2019
Henri Lansbury covers less blades of grass than anyone on a football pitch doesn’t he? #avfc
— Marcus Guest (@marcusguest) December 14, 2019
Douglas luiz has done more in 3 minutes then Lansbury did in 45
— Jordan (@Jord_Avfc) December 14, 2019
Lansbury experiment hasn't worked #AVFC
— sotcAVFC (@SotcAvfc) December 14, 2019
Was That Lansbury's Final Chance?
It Better Be
The Team Were Poor, Can't Single Him Out
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