Nottingham Forest supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side record a fourth Championship victory of the season at the weekend.
Aitor Karanka’s men went into their clash with high-flying Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium having lost just one of their opening 11 league matches of the campaign, yet having won only three. Yet they made that four on Saturday in the North East as goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban sealed a 2-0 success for the East Midlands giants, thus securing Karanka a win upon his return to Teesside.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Forest fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for things to get even better for their team as the season wears on given they were extremely busy during the transfer window.
And the Reds received much praise for the business they conducted during the close season, and they also deserve credit for securing a £1.93 million profit from the deal that took Henri Lansbury to Aston Villa back in January 2017.
The midfielder was heading into the last six months of his contract at the City Ground so any fee would have likely been welcomed by the Forest hierarchy, but to get £3.06 million (as per Transfermarkt) to thus make a tidy profit on the £1.13 million (as per Transfermarkt) they spent on him back in 2012, suggests that the East Midlands club certainly pulled off a masterstroke.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old began his senior career at Premier League giants Arsenal having come up through the youth ranks at the North London club, yet only mustered eight senior appearances for the Gunners before leaving for Forest back in 2012.
And the midfielder then became a vital part of things at the City Ground in playing 150 games for the Reds and netting 33 goals in the process, 11 of which coming in his best season at the club in 2014/15, in which he helped Forest to a 14th place finish in the Championship.
And while he continued to prove influential in the heart of the Forest midfield, the fact he hadn’t penned a new deal with the club ahead of the expiration of his contract in the summer of 2017 was likely of concern to Reds supporters, to the point that Lansbury didn’t feature in an FA Cup clash at Wigan Athletic because he was ‘not in the right frame of mind to play’.
Thus, his departure from the club was inevitable, and so it proved with Villa splashing out £3.06 million to lure him to the Midlands giants, thus earning Forest a very tidy profit of £1.93 million on a player that would have left for nothing just six months later.
And with Lansbury struggling greatly for regular football at Villa Park since his move there little over 18 months ago, it seems as though the Forest hierarchy have been proven right to cash in on the 27-year-old – thus, they certainly pulled off a masterstroke when the midfielder left.
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