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Henri Lansbury: This is why new Villa signings are underperforming

By Will Butcher

Henri Lansbury believes Aston Villa have suffered as a result of a number of new signings having to relocate to the Midlands.

Lansbury, 26, has failed to hit the heights expected of him since his move from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest in January.

But Lansbury believes matters off the pitch have seen Steve Bruce’s side struggle, after the promotion expert brought in eight new players last month.

“It’s hard relocating,” Lansbury told the Birmingham Mail. “You’ve had boys coming from down south and up north, it can be tough.

“But we have to get on with it, it’s not an excuse to not win football matches. Whether you win ugly, or win pretty, it doesn’t matter. You just have to win.”

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Lansbury was just one player of a Bruce reshuffle last month, which also saw the likes of Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and James Bree sign on the dotted line.

Lansbury was a part of the Villa side that finally ended a dismal run of form that saw them go without a win for 10 matches, as they secured a 1-0 win against Derby on Saturday.

Former England Under-21’s international Lansbury has now relocated into permanent accommodation, after staying in a hotel since his move to the Midlands.

Now, Lansbury is expected to start his eighth game in claret and blue as Villa take on Championship strugglers Bristol City at Villa Park on Tuesday night.

Villa’s number five will be hoping he can find the form that earned him a move to Bruce’s side, as the relegated Premier League side look to push themselves away from a potential relegation dog fight.

Sitting in 17th place in the Championship, a second successive win against the Robins could see Villa climb the table into 15th place.

In other Aston Villa news, David Prutton has predicted Tuesday night’s clash against Bristol City.

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