Midfielder Henri Lansbury has certainly become a forgotten man at Aston Villa and his only appearance so far this season came in the Carabao Cup against Burton Albion.
The 28-year-old was once a highly-rated ace turning in consistent performances in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, but it’s not quite happened for him since he moved to Villa in 2017.
He is still waiting to feature in the league this campaign, but manager Dean Smith has had him on the bench as an unused substitute in the last two fixtures.
The Midlands giants host Bolton in the Championship on Friday night and they are a midfielder light due to the injury absence of Birkir Bjarnason, leaving the door open for somebody in the centre of the park.
Smith has revealed that Lansbury was one of the fringe players he watched in an internal match during the week, but can Villa fans read more into the fact he name-checked him?
It certainly suggests that he is in the first-team plans of the manager, but whether he will get an opportunity against Bolton remains to be seen.
Lansbury does have a number of teammates also vying for a spot in the midfield and he has to just keep working hard towards his first league chance, but it certainly seems more positive for him under Smith than Steve Bruce.