Nottingham Forest legend: This is Henri Lansbury's best position!

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John McGovern believes that Nottingham Forest ace Henri Lansbury plays better in a more withdrawn role.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury was a highly rated youngster during his time at Arsenal, but failed to make the grade at the Emirates Stadium.

After loan spells with Scunthorpe United, Watford, Norwich City and West Ham United, Lansbury left North London permanently for a move to Forest in 2012.

A £1m signing for Forest, Lansbury has shown some of that Arsenal class at times, scoring 12 goals in two seasons before the current campaign.

His impressive displays at the City Ground led to interest in his signature over the summer, with Burnley's Sean Dyche wanting a reunion with the 24-year-old having worked together at Watford.

However, Forest resisted temptation to sell Lansbury, and he even extended his contract, signing a new three-year deal in August.

So far this season, Lansbury has contributed two goals and four assists for Stuart Pearce's side, but has played as a central midfielder and behind Britt Assombalonga in attack.

Yet having played a starring role against Wolverhampton Wanderers, former Forest legend John McGovern believes that Lansbury's best position is in a deeper midfield role rather than behind the striker.

"He only played as we know he can play in the game at Wolverhampton," McGovern told the Nottingham Post. "He played a slightly more withdrawn role, within that 4-4-2. That seems to suit him and, if he appreciates that it does suit him, he can thrive there."

"He still had an attacking threat, he hit the post and scored a goal... so that might be the position that gets the best out of him," he added.

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