Angst of Villa fans music to ears of Portsmouth faithful

The angst of Aston Villa fans should be music to the ears of Pompey followers.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 5:57 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:16 pm
Incoming Pompey signing Andre Green.

Andre Green's impending arrival at Fratton Park seems to have caused quite a stir in the midlands.

That was seen by the wails of discontent on social media after Steve Bruce confirmed PO4 as his likely destination, after his side's defeat by Burton Albion.

'This plan to loan out Andre Green is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard,' bemoaned one tweet.

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Incoming Pompey signing Andre Green.

'A Championship player all day long,' fumed another.

All the while excitement levels among the Blues' Twitterati were on the rise at the startled response to a season on loan with Kenny Jackett's side.

The reality is most Pompey fans, in all probability, have not seen more than a glimpse of the 20-year-old.

The research on the Solihull talent will probably have stretched to no more than a Google search and signing him for Pompey when playing Fifa.

But the noise from those who know a little more about Green is in tune with the positive reaction to the story breaking on Tuesday night.

Sean Longstaff has been the favoured option for most of the summer, but his place in the Newcastle first-team squad put paid to that move.

The bar doesn't appear to have dropped when turning to Green as an alternative.

A Premier League debut in 2016 was followed by another top-flight outing before 29 Championship appearances ensued for the player, so not an insignificant amount of second-tier experience.

They have come largely in a wide area, but the option is apparently there to use the England age-group player as a number 10.

Green's signing doesn't close the door on an additional striker arriving, and we wait to see how the move will affect Conor Chaplin's situation.

But Pompey's ninth summer signing will move them another significant step towards having a squad which can be League One challengers this term.

If it be could boosted by a powerful 10th that could really make the Blues contenders.