Aston Villa loanee: Portsmouth talisman can bring out best inÂ me
Andre Green sizedÂ up his left-wing battle with Ronan Curtis and insisted: He'll bring out the best in me.
The Aston Villa loanee made a goalscoringÂ return from injury in Pompey's 3-2 Checkatrade TrophyÂ victory over Tottenham HotspurÂ under-21s on Tuesday night.Â
After a successful first game back following knee surgery, the forward is now targeting a regular starting spot in Kenny Jackett's side.
The Pompey boss believesÂ Green's best role is on the left flank.
However, that position currently belongs to Ronan Curtis '“ one of the League One leaders' chief goal threatsÂ this campaign.Â
The former Derry City winger has registered six goals and seven assistsÂ to date and is currently away onÂ international duty with the Republic of Ireland senior squad.
Green knows he faces a difficult task to dislodge Curtis.
But the England under-20 international feels the IrishmanÂ can help him regain peak form after his setback.Â
Green said: '˜It's good competition with Ronan.Â
'˜I think that I need that competition to get me back to my best.
'˜To get back to how I was before then I need Ronan back hereÂ (from international duty) playing against me in training.Â
'˜In training it is competitive between the both of us.
'˜That can only be a good thing for the team.
'˜But wherever the manager wants to play me then I will play.
'˜Like I say, there is healthy competition between both of us.'
Green's appearance against Spurs was his first for more than two months.
The Solihull-born talent had surgery in September to remove a cyst from his knee '“Â just two games into hisÂ season-long loan at Fratton Park.Â
Green admitted he thought he was able toÂ playÂ through the pain barrier after arriving on the south coast.
He didn't make the decision to go under the knife lightly '“Â but did it to ensure he can fire on all cylinders at Pompey.Â
Green added:Â '˜It wasn't that bad at all '“Â I thought I could play.
'˜I wanted to give 100 per cent to Portsmouth and show them just how good that I was.
'˜I want to haveÂ the best chance to impress and show what I can do.
'˜It was getting to a point where I knew it wasn't 100 per cent and I only had a few weeks out.
'˜A few weeks out is better than long term and I had to get it done.Â
'˜If you go under the knife, then it's something I knew was there. It wasn't a little nigglingÂ thing.Â
'˜It was kind of a big thing in my head to make me notÂ play how I wanted to play.'