Alex McLeish believes Aston Villa midfielder Henri Lansbury is a “smashing player”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland manager delivered his verdict after the 29-year-old looks set to leave the club before next week’s domestic transfer deadline.
This site revealed earlier this week that Villa were willing to listen to offers for the midfielder who has dropped out of the first-team reckoning at Villa Park.
McLeish worked with Lansbury in his spell as Nottingham Forest manager where Lansbury was club captain and the midfielder impressed him greatly whilst working together.
He told Football Insider: “I think Henri’s a smashing player.
“He wasn’t in the team at the time because he missed pre-season. When you miss pre-season training it takes a long time to catch up into the season.