Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Noel Whelan insists that Henri Lansbury needs to “get out of Aston Villa” before next week’s domestic transfer deadline.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 29-year-old is being wasted at Villa Park and that he needs a move to become a “star player” again.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Villans have put Lansbury, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, up for sale in a bid to get his £40,000-a-week wages off the books.

He has played 53 times for Villa since he joined from Nottingham Forest back in January 2017, although he managed to make just two starts in the Premier League last season.

Having seen the midfielder fall behind the likes of John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Conor Hourihane and Ross Barkley in the pecking order, Whelan insists that a move before Friday’s domestic deadline is a must.

Whelan told Football Insider: Henri Lansbury, look, he’s been in the shadows at Aston Villa, hasn’t he? He’s not really set the world on fire there.

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“He’s got to get out of Aston Villa as quickly as possible and kickstart his career again, start being that star player at Forest before he left.

“He’s got to get out there, he’s got a year left on his contract, it’s going to suit both parties if they can get a club for him and they get a little bit of money for him rather than him going on a free.”

Lansbury has started all three of Villa’s League Cup fixtures this season but has not featured in a single matchday squad in the Premier League.

His last league start came back in December 2019 against Watford.

In other Aston Villa news, Alex McLeish claims agents “tearing their hair out” as duo seek out exits.