After a very underwhelming performance from Conor Hourihane on Friday night against Leeds, Henri Lansbury was given his long-awaited chance from off the bench. He came on and made an instant impact, levelling the score after being on the field for only 6 minutes.
The goal was special, picking it up from Jack Grealish and driving at the Leeds defence. He finished the move with a sweet right-footed strike that bounced off the post before finding the inside of the net. After scoring, Lansbury sprinted to the travelling fans to celebrate, showing the immense passion that he has.
Lansbury had a great half an hour or so when he came on, which has led many people to think that he should replace Hourihane in the starting eleven. The former Barnsley midfielder started the season brightly, scoring a hat-trick against Norwich and a free kick against Forest but since then he has struggled to make much of an impact in a deeper role.
Lansbury, on the other hand, has been out through injury and has had to make do with under-21 action before subsequently making his way back on to the bench. I have always been a huge fan of Lansbury and I admire the passion he has for the game, I was gutted when he got injured and I thought this was a massive loss for the squad.
Now he is back, I think we are much stronger and he has given us the opportunity to switch up the midfield if needed. I think the former Nottingham Forest midfielder needs to be given a chance in the starting line up over Hourihane. Both players have the ability to score goals. One big problem is that Lansbury has failed to make a real impact since signing for Villa but Hourihane’s form is up and down so the added competition could prove a bonus for Steve Bruce.
Even if it is not a permanent change, Lansbury proved that he deserves his shot by getting the goal on Friday and putting a great shift in. Saturday’s fixture against Millwall is a must-win game for me and could prove to be the perfect chance for Henri, as it will be a scrappy game and will give him the chance to get stuck in against a physical opposition.
On another note, Grealish came on for Josh Onomah on Friday and also played well – getting the assist for the goal. Although I have covered this in a previous article, I will say that I believe that Onomah should maintain his starting spot, however, if Grealish continues to impress then the place could be up for serious contention.
Do you think that Lansbury should get a chance in the starting 11? Let me know in the comments section down below.