Date: 10th September 2018 at 7:00am
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Aston Villa youngster Andre Green headed out for Fratton Park and a loan spell with Portsmouth before the August deadline window shut and he made his debut for them in last weekend’s clash with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

With plenty of fans throwing their toys on hearing the news and using it as a stick to beat manager Steve Bruce with – there are plenty of valid reasons to do so, loaning Green and Mitch Clark aren’t two of them though – he had a mixed reaction amongst Pompey fans to the 45 minute showing he put in.

It seems as though it was a typical performance we’ve seen from him, full of possibilities but equally plenty of things to improve on. That’s not a criticism, he’s a 20-year-old lad who doesn’t have 20 starting appearances to his name and this is exactly why he needed the loan spell if he wasn’t going to play week in, week out for us and learn that way.

When he’s got a few more games under his belt I’ll ask Rug (Vital Pompey) for a few words on how he’s settling in with them, as it’ll take him a bit to adjust and find his feet, but although the initial reaction is mixed – there’s a fair few positives that he can build on and I’m confident he’ll do just that.


3 Replies to “This Villa Man Needs To Improve But I Doubt I’m Alone In Expecting Him To”

  • Needs the type of leadership and mentoring that Jack Grealish received from JT , somewhere along the line our youth players don’t get this and when the leap from the youth system to 1st team seems to be far bigger at Villa than at other clubs, should this be reviewed ?

  • Makes sense for him to go out and get experience out on loan. What didn’t make sense is for Bruce to leave us with potentially two wide players in Bolasie & ElGhazi. Fortunately, and no thanks to Bruce, Uncle Albert has stuck around and we might even get another wide option in Sakho.

    The more mentors – especially ones with a CV like JT – the better (as long as they are contributing in other ways. I would think Chessy , Jedinak and Whelan plus others should be doing this. I think it was great for Jack to play alongside JT but, from what I hear, it was Jack that has stepped it up himself and has really worked hard at his strength and fitness.

  • Understand your comments Mike, but remember Andre Green had already been introduced to first team football with reasonable success prior to his injury. He also had a good pre season playing in what I think is his best position as a second striker.
    Eddy’s point is very valid – just why do we fail to bring talented youngsters through to be first team regulars. To be fair, the problem existed well before the arrival of SB but I suspect one of the reasons is a lack of confidence from managers, which is well illustrated by SB.

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