Aston Villa youngster Andre Green hails Jack Grealish's mentorship

Jack Grealish

The 17-year-old attacker has recently joined his fellow youngster in the Villa first-team.

Speaking to AVTV, Aston Villa winger Andre Green has sung the praises of Jack Grealish for helping ease his transition into the first-team setup.

Green, who has been on Villa’s books since the age of nine, made his first two senior appearances for the club last month, earning his senior debut as a 60th-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.

The 17-year-old attacker hails from nearby Solihull like fellow academy graduate Grealish, and his long-time teammate’s guidance over recent weeks has been invaluable as he tries to get to grips with the step up to Premier League football.

“Jack’s been good to me,” Green told AVTV. “He’s obviously round the corner from where I live at home and he’s been helping me out a lot. He’s been speaking about his first time and how he’s made the breakthrough to the first-team, so he’s been helping me a lot.

“Obviously, he’s a similar age – just a few years older – so he’s been helping me a lot. He’s someone there to help me.”

Grealish is not the only player who has been looking out for Green, though, as Jordan Lyden’s presence in the senior squad has also been a big benefit to him.

The 20-year-old Australian midfielder was promoted to the first-team himself in early December after impressing for the Under-21s over the first few months of the season, and he has been using that experience to help his fellow rookie, along with some of the more experienced members of the squad.

“Jordan has been up there more as well so he’s helping me out as well,” Green told AVTV. “He’s helping me get through sessions and get on the ball so it’s good to have him after doing it with him in the Under-21s.

“Joelon Lescott has been a big influence on me as well. He’s been helping me with the more mental side things because he’s experienced. The young lads and the more experienced lads have been amazing to me and got me through it.”

How much more first-team action Green will see over the final six Premier League games of the season remains to be seen, but his recent outings will serve as valuable experience ahead of next term.

Villa will almost certainly be playing Championship football now they sit 15 points from safety at the foot of the table, and with the squad expected to be overhauled in the summer, he could be in line for a much bigger role in the side.

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