By Matt Farr
Reliable Nottingham Forest journalist Paul Taylor does not expect Henri Lansbury to be at the club much longer, after sitting out the FA Cup defeat to Wigan on Saturday.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Forest this month, and the Daily Mail reported that Aston Villa have made a formal approach for the player’s services – worth £3million.
Lansbury is out of contract in the summer and may not see out the remainder of his deal with the club.
Paul Taylor, a journalist on the Nottingham Post and expert on Forest, delivered his verdict on Lansbury’s future at the City Ground.
He admitted that Lansbury’s absence from the FA Cup defeat to Wigan on Saturday implies that he won’t be a Nottingham Forest player much longer.
Reflecting on the game for the Nottingham Post, Taylor wrote: “He was left out of the Forest squad because his head was not right to play a game of football – that is understandable in the circumstances, perhaps. But it is also clear that the midfielder is seriously contemplating a future away from the City Ground.
“If there was a chance of him remaining at Forest, he would have rolled his sleeves up and got on with it – he would have told his manager he was fit and ready to go; that he wanted to do his bit for the Reds.
“The fact that the former Arsenal man agreed with manager Philippe Montanier that it was best for him to sit out the game at Wigan is a clear indication that his mind may already be somewhere else.”
Lansbury has been a central figure for Nottingham Forest this season, having contributed six goals and three assists from 19 appearances in all competitions.
Aston Villa remain the favourites to land Lansbury this month, having reportedly submitted their £3million bid, but there is also interest from elsewhere.
Forest’s East Midlands rivals Derby have also expressed an interest in signing the midfielder, while Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic are also keen.
In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce has delivered his verdict on debutant Sam Johnstone.