Aston Villa youngster Andre Green looking to make an impact out wide

The teenage attacker made his first two appearances for the club last month on the wing, but he is also capable of lining up as a striker.

Aston Villa teenager Andre Green has told AVTV that he believes his best position is on the wing rather than up front.

Green, who joined Villa at the age of nine, made his first two appearances for the club last month after being promoted to the senior setup, earning his professional debut as a 62nd-minute substitute in the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before making another second-half cameo in the following weekend’s 1-0 loss at Swansea.

Widely regarded as one of the club’s top prospects, the 17-year-old attacker mostly played out wide while rising through the ranks but can also operate as a striker or even behind a lone front man.

Both of his senior run-outs came in his favoured role on the left flank, however, and the Solihull native believes he is somewhat comparable to teammate Scott Sinclair.

“As a kid I was a striker but when I came to Villa I became a winger, so I consider myself more of a winger,” Green told AVTV. “I’m more comfortable on the wing, but if I have to play up top I’m no stranger to it. But winger is where I prefer to be.

“I tend to look at Scott Sinclair at lot because he’s more of my position on the left but he can play on both wings,” he added. “I look at him and even Rudy [Gestede], because sometimes I can be a striker. I try and look at the way he moves, his ball work and the way he plays passes and runs.”

Green is just the latest Villa rookie to earn a promotion to the first-team squad over the second half of this season, having already seen Jordan Lyden, Keinan Davis and Niall Mason emerge on the first-team scene over recent months.

The club’s academy has always had a stellar reputation for developing highly-rated talent, and the England Under-18 international believes that is all down to the coaching.

“We’ve got good coaches,” he told AVTV. “Obviously Mark [Delaney] has been here as a player and Ben [Petty] has been with me since I was nine, so to have him as Under-18s manager was a massive help for me because he knows me inside out.

“Then we’ve Tony [MacAndrew] and Kev [MacDonald], and they’re just really good coaches. They keep pushing you and pushing you and don’t really let you stop because they want to see the best out of you. It’s great to have them at the club.”

How much more first-team action Green sees during this season’s run-in remains to be seen, but there is little doubt that he is one of the club’s building blocks for the future.

Villa will inevitably be playing Championship football next term now they sit 15 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League with just six games left, and the promising speedster could be one of several prospects who benefits from the anticipated squad overhaul.

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