Aston Villa fans call for Andre Green inclusion after impressive friendly performance

Aston Villa's Andre Green

The teenager starred during a 25-minute cameo performance in the win over Cambridge United on Saturday.

General view before the game - Villa Park

Aston Villa fans are managing to find reasons to be optimistic this summer as they edge closer to the kick off of their first season outside the top flight in three decades, and one of those is the young contingent of future talent at the club.

Whilst Jack Grealish was the breakthrough star of the show in 2014-15, last season a number of debuts were handed to academy prospects including Jordan Lyden and Kevin Toner, and further appearances for record-breaking debutant Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Perhaps the most exciting teenager to emerge at the club over the last 12 months, however, has been pacy forward Andre Green.

The winger made just two substitute appearances in the final months of last season, but has already shown enough promise to convince a great deal of Villa fans that he is the next big thing.

Aston Villa's Andre Green

He displayed this potential yet again on Saturday during a second-half substitute appearance in the 3-0 friendly win over Cambridge United.

Entering the fray on his 18th birthday with 25 minutes remaining, Green showed some impressive touches and attacking intent, and was in the thick of the action when he set up Gary Gardner for the third goal with a fine cut-back.

Reacting to his performance on Twitter, Villa fans urged Roberto Di Matteo to utilise the young star on a more regular basis in the Championship this season, convinced that even at such a young age he has the ability to succeed.

Such are Green's talents that he has already been linked with a move away from Villa; a report back in April claimed that he was being monitored by a host of top Premier League clubs, and in recent days it has been reported that Tottenham Hotspur are keen on the teenager.

However, as written after that initial speculation during the season, Green has come to represent perhaps the key player in Villa fans' hopes for the future, and if only for the sake of the supporters the club must surely do all they can to ward off interest and keep him at the club.

Aston Villa's Andre Green

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