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Head and shoulders above the rest: Nottingham Forest ace is 2016 player of the year

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Football Insider picks the Nottingham Forest player of the year for 2016.

Captain fantastic Henri Lansbury has starred once again for Forest, as the club continues to languish in the Championship.

A disappointing 2015-16 campaign saw the two-time European Cup winners finish in a lowly 16th place, and it is hardly better under French boss Philippe Montanier.

However, Lansbury has continued to prove that he is the heartbeat of the Forest side and without the former Arsenal trainee, Forest could face relegation.

Wearing the number 10 shirt, Lansbury has made 26 appearances for Forest this calendar year, playing in both attacking and defensive midfield roles.

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That has not stopped him from playing a crucial part when on the pitch, scoring eight goals and supplying a further six in assists.

His presence on the pitch is noticed. After suffering a long-term ankle in January 2016, Lansbury was ruled out for two months which saw Forest win just four times.

Providing both quality from set pieces and the penalty spot, the ex-England Under-21’s international proved just how valuable he is to Forest with a wonderful hat-trick against Barnsley last month.

Missing the last three matches after picking up an injury in the pre-match warm-up against Derby, Forest have gone from three straight wins to two losses and a draw without their captain.

After losing Oliver Burke to RB Leipzig in the summer, Forest must do everything within their power to keep Lansbury at the club for the foreseeable future.

Since his £1million move to the City Ground, Lansbury is set to make his 150th appearance against Huddersfield on Boxing Day. He has scored more than a goal every five games for Forest, with 33 strikes to his name.

In other Nottingham Forest news, the club’s new owners have made this decision over the future of Montanier.