Henri Lansbury's future at Aston Villa could already be in doubt, with Dean Smith making transfer plans

Henri Lansbury of Villa in action  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is reportedly set to shift a number of his fringe players.

Dean Smith, manager of Brentford looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park on October 21, 2017 in Brentford, England.

According to the Telegraph, new Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is planning a January clear out.

Smith wants to cut Villa’s squad, with a number of their fringe players set to be put up for sale.

And that could mean that Henri Lansbury’s future at Villa is in serious doubt.

 

Many Villa fans have predicted that Lansbury could play a key role under Smith.

However, if Smith is wanting to cut his squad early, then Lansbury could be one of the first to face the chop.

Brentford manager Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

The central midfielder has only played once all season, and is unlikely to be match sharp right now.

With Villa looking to trim the numbers before January, that could only give Lansbury a matter a weeks to impress.

And, considering he is unlikely to be in any condition to show his best, it may be that Smith’s appointment doesn’t give Lansbury the reprieve that many predicted it would.

Brentford Manager Dean Smith looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on October 2, 2018 in Brentford, England.

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