This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more
Bristol City have agreed a deal to sign Aston Villa midfielder Henri Lansbury on loan, according to Football Insider.
Lansbury is yet to be named in a matchday squad in the Premier League this season, and he has made three appearances in the Carabao Cup.
The 30-year-old’s contract at Villa Park is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning a move away could be on the cards this month.
According to Football Insider, the Robins have now agreed to sign Lansbury on loan for the remainder of the season.
Here, we discuss a potential move for Lansbury to Ashton Gate, with only three days to go until the window closes…
This would be a great signing.
Henri Lansbury has been one of the best players at Championship level in recent seasons and it was that reputation that earned him a big move to Aston Villa.
However with Dean Smith’s side now in the top flight it’s been a tough period for the midfielder.
The 30-year-old is in his prime years and seems like a perfect fit for Bristol City as they look to push themselves into play-off contention.
This would be a top signing and one that I’d love to see happen.
Whenever I hear Lansbury’s name, I automatically think of a quality player.
But the former Arsenal man has clearly endured a tricky spell with Aston Villa and needs a fresh start.
He already proved during his spell with Nottingham Forest, prior to his move to Villa Park, that he’s still more than capable of performing at Championship level.
And therefore I think that Bristol City would be an excellent new home for him. Whilst the Robins have improved of late, their injury list is still relatively long, and I think Lansbury will add quality, experience and goals into their midfield department.
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Lansbury was a good signing for Villa on paper four years ago now, and he definitely still has the talent to be a starter at the top end of the Championship.
It’s perhaps unfortunate that both Steve Bruce and Dean Smith always seemed to upgrade their midfield, which saw the former Arsenal man always shunted out of the team – 41 league games in four years isn’t a record you really want to have.
Bristol City do have quite a few central midfielders so Lansbury could again find it tough to come in and grab a starting spot, with some of them like Joe Williams just about to come back to fitness.
Even if he wouldn’t start immediately for the Robins, he would be a good asset to have and he would probably not be expensive considering his contract expires in the summer – it seems like a no-brainer to take a chance on the 30-year-old.