Can Dean Smith turn Andre Green into Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins?

Aston Villa Manager \ Head Coach Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park on November 2, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Brentford reportedly value Ollie Watkins at £20million and Andre Green could follow in his footsteps at Aston Villa.

Andre Green of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Dynamo Dresden and Aston Villa at the DDV Stadion on July 28, 2018 in Dresden, Germany.

Steve Bruce obviously felt that Andre Green was not ready for a role in Aston Villa’s first-team despite a number of impressive performances in claret and blue last season, loaning the youngster out to Portsmouth for the season.

But Dean Smith, who replaced Bruce at Villa Park in October, could be the perfect man to help Green realise his vast potential.

The 20-year-old academy graduate looks ready-made for the former Brentford and Walsall boss, with Smith famous both for his attacking brand of football and his willingness to make young, unproven players central to his plans.

 

And Ollie Watkins gives Green an example to follow.

Watkins linked up with Smith at Brentford after a stellar spell in League Two with Exeter City and, one year after arriving at Griffin Park, Sky Sports are reporting that he now has an asking price of at least £20 million.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Brentford at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England.

Smith got the best out of Watkins’ speed and only honed his goal-scoring instincts during his debut season at Brentford.

Green is a player with similar characteristics, and the new Aston Villa boss should look to set him on a similar path to stardom once his loan spell at Portsmouth comes to an end.

Andre Green of Aston Villa attempts a shot at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on February 28, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

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