Remi Garde has his say on Andre Green's Aston Villa debut

Rémi Garde

The 17-year-old winger made his professional bow as a second-half substitute in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde was quick to praise teenage winger Andre Green after the up-and-coming youngster made his senior debut for the club in Sunday’s 2-0 home loss to high-flying Tottenham Hotspur.

Green, 17, was named on the first-team bench for the second time this season on the afternoon and proceeded to make his professional bow when he replaced the ineffective Jordan Veretout in the 62nd-minute.

Villa were already 2-0 down at that stage courtesy of a Harry Kane double, but the speedy wide man managed to give a good account of himself over the rest of the match, making a few bright runs as well as sending in a handful of teasing crosses.

Speaking to AVTV about Green after the match, Garde appeared pleased with what he saw, and despite admitting he was somewhat hesitant to throw the Solihull-born attacker into a relegation battle, he seemed to suggest that he would give him a few more opportunities to impress between now and the end of the season.

“It’s not a good time or environment for young players to start in the first-team,” Garde told AVTV. “But then I saw that Andre is training well. He’s got some physical ability that makes him very close to the standard required for Premier League football.

“He made his debut today and did some good stuff, even though it was once again not very easy for us.”

Vs Tottenham Total CrossesAccurate CrossTotal DribblesCompleted DribblesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Andre Green 4 1 3 1 14 50% 22 0 28

Green, who has been on Villa’s books since the age of nine, is seen as one of the club’s top prospects and signed his first professional contract until 2018 last November after establishing himself as a regular fixture in Gordon Cowans’ Under-21 side.

The former England Under-17 international can operate on either wing or up top, and his promotion to Garde’s squad will give him the chance to get some valuable first-team experience ahead of next season.

Villa look almost certain to be dropping down to the Championship at this stage, and with a fire sale expected to happen over the summer, the homegrown teenager could be one of several rookies to see significant minutes in a revamped team.

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