Manager Remi Garde gave youngster Andre Green his first senior appearance in yesterday’s loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 17 year old local lad has been impressive in our Under 18 and Under 21 sides this year especially, building on the name he started to make for himself last year and last season he found himself in the first team squad but didn’t get as far as the pitch.
Having travelled to Portugal with the group in pre season as well, Garde decided his time had come and he got just under a 30 minute run out, and many have commented that he was pretty impressive.
Responding to his debut himself, he said.
André Green (@AndreGreen_30) 13 March 2016
Having signed his first professional contract last November (2 & 1/2 years) it’s not a bad way to see the season out is it having made his bow, following recovery from an ankle injury over the Christmas period.
Garde himself was delighted with his efforts, but did concede our position makes it difficult for youngsters to come in as it isn’t the best introduction.
‘It’s not a good time – a good environment – for young players to start in the first team. But I saw Andre training well. And I saw he has physical ability to make him very close to the standard I require for Premier League football. I am very pleased he made his debut. He did some good stuff, even though it wasn’t easy for him. It’s good news for Aston Villa if Andre continues to train well and continues to show the good attitude. He’s a long way from being a regular player but he’s showing good commitment in sessions and around the complex.’
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