Alan Hutton says that Aston Villa midfielder Henri Lansbury is approaching a crossroads in his career after struggling for game time under Dean Smith this season.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he knows the 29-year-old is “desperate” to play more regularly for the Villans, having featured just six times across all competitions this season.

Lansbury’s only starts this season have come in the club’s League Cup games, with his four substitute outings in the Premier League totalling just 31 minutes of action.

Hutton says that his former teammate has shown his ability in the few chances he has been given but that he might have to consider leaving to get the game time his performances deserve.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Henri Lansbury, I think in the cup game against Wolves I thought he was outstanding. He’s really had to wait a long time to get in the fold and it’s been difficult for him.

“He’s one that I’ve known for a long, long time now, he’s one that is desperate to show his worth. It’s coming to a big time in his Villa career now where it’s either he gets a chance or maybe it’s time to think of elsewhere.”

Lansbury has the likes of John McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Conor Houihane and Jack Grealish to battle it out with for a place in Dean Smith’s midfield this season, the former Forest man having also struggled for action last season.

He came on as an injury-time substitute in Villa’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday evening, with Hourihane, McGinn, Douglas and Grealish all starting the game.

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