Pantomime villain Henri Lansbury admits love for Tino Asprilla
Henri Lansbury has provided Newcastle fans with some light relief this season.
Dropping down to the Championship always meant that grudges/rivalries that were common place in the Premier League, would be replaced by opposition after opposition where nobody really was bothered either way about the opposing manager, players, or fans.
The 2 December 2016 though gave us Henri Lansbury.
Not really a proper hate figure, just a very average player who riled people with his antics and who only really registers once you play against him again, a bit like a modern day Robbie Savage. Annoying you because he is annoying, not because he has any real talent.
Cheating to get Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey off and in effect, winning the game for Forest, due to Newcastle having to play with nine.
He was conveniently injured for the return game at St James Park four weeks later but Newcastle fans got amusing payback in February.
Moving to Aston Villa in January, Henri Lansbury managed to score a classic own goal, as he totally missed the ball when protecting the post at a corner, only for the ball to strike the woodwork then hit Lansbury and end up in the back of the net.
On Tuesday night Aston Villa hosted QPR and Henri Lansbury was asked a number of questions for the matchday programme entitled ‘First and Last’.
The Birmingham Mail report how the Villa player revealed that his first replica shirt was an Inter Milan one featuring (the original) Ronaldo on the back.
When it came to his first hero though, Henri Lansbury says it was Newcastle United cult hero Tino Asprilla, the Villa player saying he ‘loved his cartwheels’.
Henri Lansbury was only five when Tino rocked up at St James Park and six years old when he scored that hat-trick against Barcelona, so maybe Henri was at an impressionable age watching that excellent Newcastle team when growing up in Enfield, London.
It would be nice to think that in the future we will once again have players that fans of other clubs envy, as looking back you do sometimes wonder if at the time you ever really appreciated enough watching the likes of Ferdinand, Beardsley, Cole, Shearer, Robert, Ginola, Given, Lee, Bellamy, Solano, Woodgate and Tino Asprilla.
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