Darren Bent was impressed with Aston Villa midfielder Henri Lansbury on Tuesday night, after he was part of the team that avoided a cup upset against Burton Albion.
Villa managed to beat League One opponents 3-1 in the Carabao Cup second round, but did have to go from behind after the hosts scored within two minutes.
Ollie Watkins equalised for the Premier League side before half-time on his debut for the club, plus there were late goals from captain Jack Grealish and substitute Keinan Davis to clinch victory.
Lansbury completed 90 minutes in the opening game of the season and his corner assisted the match-winning volley from Grealish.
He only managed 15 appearances across all competition last season for Villa as he struggled to break into the starting XI, but perhaps made a point to his manager Dean Smith on Tuesday.
Bent admitted in his post-match analysis that the 29-year-old caught the eye.
“Henri Lansbury with a great delivery [for Grealish’s goal], he quite impressed me tonight he’s not had much game-time,” Bent told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (9:50pm, 15 September).
It seems unlikely that Lansbury is going to be a nailed-on starter this season for the Midlands club, but gave a steady performance in the cup win over Burton and is an effective player when he’s got time on the ball.
The English central midfielder showed off his range of passing in the contest and helped run the game, albeit against League One opponents.
He’s a decent option to have around the squad and can play his role in a decent cup run again this season.