‘Absolutely marvellous’ Aston Villa star did this during his loan spell
Alex Neil is excited by what he’s seen in the early stages of Andre Green’s Preston North End loan spell.
Winger Green left Aston Villa for Deepdale prior to the closure of the transfer window, and scored his first goal for the Lilywhites just 13 minutes into his full debut in the 4-0 drubbing of Bradford City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Having effectively been brought in to help replace the influence of departed striker and fellow Villa academy star Callum Robinson, Green’s stay in Lancashire has begun promisingly.
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Indeed, the 21-year-old opened the scoring at Valley Parade on Tuesday night, but it was his overall performance that pleased his manager and the travelling fans.
“It was nice to see a wide player getting inside his full back, it’s something we talk about regularly,” Neil explained.
“Callum used to do it really well, Tommy B [Barkhuizen] does it really well and so it’s nice to see Andre getting in there and getting his goal, it was very good.”
The fans on Green
Dom : Just got home from Bradford, great night. Green was absolutely marvellous!
Sam Thomas : Bayliss looked good, Green played superb up front and on the wing.
Ben : Very comfortable tonight. Bayliss & Green looked good.
Seany B: Lego and Green doing their own bits here to push for a start in the league.
What Smith said
The Villa boss – a fellow Villa supporter – explained after the move was confirmed his thinking behind permitting Green a loan move, after he was regularly involved under Smith last season.
“I sat down with Andre and told him how pleased I was with his contribution to us getting promoted, and I could see the look in his eye that he wants to be a Premier League player,” Smith reasoned.
“I’ve got an emotional attachment with him because he’s come through the system, he’s a Villa fan and he’s worked really hard to get us promoted.
“But to the football club and to him, I think it would be detrimental if he stayed around and didn’t play. It was important he went out and played games.
“There were a number of Championship clubs in for him, and I thought Preston was a really good one for him.”