Henri Lansbury might well have given Aston Villa boss Dean Smith a dilemma ahead of the club’s Championship playoff semi-final first leg against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
The midfielder has only just returned to the fold following a period on the sidelines through injury.
However, the 6 ft ace played 80 minutes of the 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon and will be like a new signing for the club at this stage of the season.
Lansbury has made just three Championship appearances this term, but could yet reach six for the campaign if Villa make the playoff final.
According to WhoScored, the 28-year-old had a pass success rate of 88% against the Canaries, who secured the league title at Villa Park.
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Lansbury is certainly an interesting option for Villa in the playoffs, and a number of the club’s fans have been debating how involved he could be in the battle for promotion and indeed heading into next season.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Making Dean Smith’s team selection on Saturday a lot more harder. But think Deano will go with Whelan to start with Hourihane and Lansbury on the bench.
— Jay Peers (@JayJPavfc) May 7, 2019
I thought he looked off the pace, defo needs more minutes to get up to scratch
— Tom Adams (@TomAdams1994) May 7, 2019
If only he could stay fit!!!
— Dave Jenkins. (@ishumacon) May 7, 2019
Good player but how are you meant to get into a team with McGinn, Grealish and Hourihane. They’re just performing week after week.
— Cial Northall (@Cial149) May 7, 2019
I thought Henri had a great game. Always looking to receive the ball and kept things moving. Who got MOTM? got to be Lansbury or Green?
— Rob (@Robdw1983) May 7, 2019
He could save Villa slot of money,
What do think of Lansbury and Cal O’Hare as the centre mids for next season if Villa fail promotion, as we know JG and McG will be hot targets
— Mike Knott (@MikeKnott10) May 7, 2019