Kenny Jackett praises Aston Villa loanee Andre Green

Andre Green of Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Yeovil Town and Aston Villa at the Huish Park on August 14, 2018 in Yeovil, England.

Aston Villa loanee Andre Green scored Portsmouth's winner in the second round of the FA Cup at the weekend.

Portsmouth's Andre Green (left) battles for possession with Shrewsbury Town's Josh Emmanuel (right)

In comments reported by The News, Kenny Jackett has warned Andre Green that he faces a difficult task trying to get back into the Portsmouth starting lineup, but added that he knows that the Aston Villa loanee has huge potential.

Green has had a tough start to life at Fratton Park, with injury sidelining him for much of his spell so far. He made an immediate impact upon his return by scoring against Tottenham's under-21 side in November after more than two months out.

 

After spending the best part of another month out of the team, he was brought on as a substitute for the latter stages of their FA Cup second round tie with Rochdale at the weekend.

And while he needed a huge slice of luck, it was Green that put Pompey in the hat for the third round - where they were drawn alongside Norwich City - with the only goal in the 90th minute.

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.

And following the goal, Jackett has challenged Green to force his way back into the starting lineup as he clearly feels that he is up to the task.

"I was pleased with Andre and being able to work him back into the side now is something he has to do after his knee injury," he said, as reported by The News. "It’s quite an established side.

"But he is a player I know from my time back in the Midlands and he does have fantastic potential. Since he’s been here he has been a smashing lad as well."

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at Sixfields on September 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Portsmouth are flying high in the third tier. But it would still be a worrying sign for Green's future prospects at Villa if he was unable to establish himself as a key player for Jackett's men.

Dean Smith's side have Premier League ambitions. And while Green arguably has enough talent to make the grade at Villa Park, he is starting to reach a stage of his career where potential needs to be turned into undeniable moments of quality. 

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