Henri Lansbury, a talented young midfielder currently on the books of Nottingham Forest, has had an up and down if yet short career so far. A former Arsenal academy product, Lansbury was wildly tipped to make the grade at the north London club after some great performances at youth level, and being part of a young Arsenal side that won the FA Youth Cup which included current Gunner stars Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere.
However, his party lifestyle caused problems at the club with the midfielder occasionally being late to training after a late night bender, and with Arsenal having strict rules on this for youth players (as not to have repeats of players like Tony Adams and Paul Merson), Lansbury was in trouble. But his performances on the pitch kept him at the club scoring important goals at youth level.
Lansbury had several loan spells while still on the books at Arsenal with the first being at Scunthorpe United in League One. The 22-year-old made 16 appearances that season, scoring four goals along the way. But Scunthorpe failed to secure him the following season and Lansbury sealed another loan move away from The Emirates this time to Watford and later West Ham respectively.
Currently at Nottingham Forest, Lansbury is trying to secure promotion for the second successive seasons following promotions with Norwich and West ham. Unfortunately this was not the case. But after a slow start for Forest and a change of manger Forest’s form picked up and so did the performances of Lansbury. Unfortunately, they narrowly missed out on a play-off position, finishing in 8th place in the Championship.
Despite his time at Arsenal, Lansbury has all the tools to be a top Premier League midfielder.
Article courtesy of Cam Makeman’s blog Drinking with Gascoigne
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