Date: 20th July 2018 at 5:30pm
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The Mirror are reporting that Henri Lansbury could be a regular in our midfield next campaign with the club unable to offload the 27-year-old.

Steve Bruce is said to be giving every player who isn’t leaving this summer a chance to impress before the beginning of the season.

Lansbury played the full 90 minutes in our 4-1 win over Walsall on Tuesday, and his presence in the starting eleven could be a regular sight in the coming months. Fans were divided over whether keeping the midfielder is a good thing:

Verdict:

With the investment from NSWE, plans for the first-team squad may change pretty swiftly over the next few weeks.

Still, it’s not surprising that Lansbury is likely to remain whatever the circumstances. The £3m signing from Notts Forest is on a sizeable wage, and it’s unlikely that other Championship clubs would be able to afford him.

Should the midfielder be a regular next season? Let me know in the poll:

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2 Replies to “‘Should be a starter anyway’ – Villa Fans Divided Over Whether £3m Signing Should Be Given Another Chance”

  • As anyone who reads the forums knows, I am a huge fan of Lansbury. I’ve never said he is a total show pony and a total waste of a shirt. Never.

  • I can see Lansbury figuring more this season, but whether he is automatically a first-choice selection is a bit up in the air.

    If an ageing Jedinak moves on (and I think that deal does make sense, regardless of new owners) and Bjarnason also follows suit, then Whelan and Hourihane would appear to be first two midfield choices. After that, Lansbury’s odds might rest on the formation we play. Bruce has had a dalliance with three centre backs, so the formation further forward could be affected, but three central midfielders will probably still prevail. Lansbury is versatile and can play in both deeper and more advanced roles, so if he is fit, his odds for featuring must be strong.

    Another factor that could affect selection lies the new leadership team. Will the new owners sanction a continuation of Bruce’s reign? Although late in the day for a switch, will the new owners back him?

    Although I can see a strong argument for maintaining stability, Bruce’s track record with recruitment and his brand of football has been quite poor. Most fans will probably support his retention at this key stage of the pre-season, but I would suggest his long-term prognosis looks less rosy.

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