Date: 4th September 2019 at 8:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has admitted he was delighted to see Henri Lansbury making his first Premier League appearance of the season for Aston Villa in their defeat to Crystal Palace.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and England hitman says that playing in the top flight under Dean Smith is quite the achievement for the 28-year-old considering his lack of playing time last season.

Lansbury featured just six times across all competitions, three in the Championship, during the 2018/19 campaign as the Villains secured their place among England’s elite via the play-offs.

Having seen Hourihane pick up his first Premier League minutes in over eight years against Palace, coming off the bench in the final five minutes of the 1-0 defeat, Bent revealed his delight for the former Nottingham Forest man.

Bent told Football Insider: “It is quite the comeback because last season he rarely played due to injuries and other reasons. This season he’s got his chance.

“He played in the cup and scored a good goal (against Palace) which was disallowed. It’s nice to see him back. He’s obviously got something about him, impressed Dean Smith, didn’t get much game time but has taken his chance, which is nice to see.

“He’s got to dig in on the training ground and try get selected again.” 

Lansbury also appeared for Villa in the League Cup clash against Crewe Alexandra, notching up three assists in their 6-1 victory.

He has a total of four Premier League appearances under his belt now, all coming from the bench, with the longest a 19-minute stint for Arsenal against Liverpool.

In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent has been fuming to Football Insider about one man’s “shocker” in the club’s defeat to Palace.