Nottingham Forest face Aston Villa in the Championship this evening looking to make it five City Ground wins on the spin.
Martin O’Neill’s team are back in with a shout of the play-off places and must keep winning if they are to gatecrash the top six.
The Reds have looked good at home in recent weeks but will face arguably their toughest test against an in-form Villans.
Forest will be denied a return with former midfielder Henri Lansbury once again.
Lansbury will miss out with an injury but in truth, he has never really held down a regular place at Villa Park.
Guidance to current talent
Of all the players that have departed the City Ground in recent years, Lansbury is the prime example of the grass not always being greener on the other side.
The 28-year-old was largely appreciated on Trentside, where he made 150 appearances and netted 33 goals.
At one point Lansbury was the captain and it was anticipated that he genuinely held the club in high regard.
Football supporters can often be somewhat naive however and it soon transpired that the man who wore the armband so often didn’t really care at all.
On 9th January 2017, local journalist Paul Taylor told Birmingham Live that Villa target Lansbury had been left out of the Forest squad as his head wasn’t right.
It later transpired, as per Silly Season, that the Villa man earns £40k-a-week at Villa Park. Something indicates that his head was perfectly fine when he took the decision not to play for Forest, subsequently forcing through his eventual move.
Hopefully, the Lansbury’s of the world are a thing of the past at the City Ground.
With Forest competing in the top half of the league it would be nice to think that the vast majority, if not all, of the current crop, actually enjoy being at the club. Recent performances have certainly identified a real togetherness within the ranks.
Lansbury’s departure still doesn’t sit right with lots of supporters and frankly, it’s easy to see why.
The Villa man has played just eight minutes of Championship football this season through injury.
Perhaps it’s not injury and his head isn’t quite right again.
All joking aside; Lansbury may now hold serious regrets about the direction in which he took his career.
The moral of the story for Forest’s class of 2019, is indeed that the grass isn’t always greener away from the City Ground.
Is it Henri Lansbury?