By Darren Bent

20th Oct, 2020 | 7:00am

'I was sure he'd go' - Exclusive: Bent baffled £40K-a-wk star still at Aston Villa

Darren Bent has admitted his surprise that Henri Lansbury did not leave Aston Villa during the domestic transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and England striker insisted there should have been Championship clubs “queuing up” to sign the midfielder.

Football Insider revealed before last Friday’s deadline day that the Midlands club were keen to get the 29-year-old off their wage bill.

Lansbury’s £40,000-a-week wages made a permanent move difficult but a loan deal also failed to materialise for the fringe figure.

He has not made a Premier League matchday squad for Dean Smith’s side this season as they enjoy a sensational start.

The former Nottingham Forest captain has started all three of their Carabao Cup games and registered an assist in their first-round tie against League One side Burton Albion.

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Asked by Football Insider what he made of the fact that Lansbury will stay at Villa Park until at least January, Bent said:

“You have to say in the Premier League he’s not really found his feet. He’s not really been able to play consistently in the Premier League and show he’s a Premier League player.

“In the Championship, there should have been people queuing up at the door to get a deal over the line.

“He’s been a really good Championship player in the past. He’s experienced, he knows what it takes.

“I was sure at some stage before the window shut that he would get that move, whether it was a loan or a permanent.

“For Championship clubs, you’d have to say he has proven Championship pedigree so somebody should have snapped him up.”

Lansbury has played 258 games in the second-tier across spells at Watford, Norwich City, West Ham United, Forest and Villa.

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