Portsmouth ideal to help loanee achieve his Aston Villa goal

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A regular starting spot at Aston Villa is Andre Green’s long-term aim. 

And the Pompey loanee believes the Blues are the ideal club to help him achieve that goal.

Andre Green, right, celebrates his match-winner at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andre Green, right, celebrates his match-winner at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

When Green moved to Fratton Park in August, Steve Bruce was in charge at Villa Park. 

But the former Manchester United centre-back was sacked five weeks later, with Dean Smith subsequently taking the hot seat at the Championship side. 

The ex-Brentford manager has been stamping his authority on the club as he looks to guide Villa back to the Premier League.

Green held talks with Smith after returning to the midlands to undergo rehabilitation following knee surgery in September. 

The England under-20 international was told the areas of his game he needs to work on at Pompey. 

And because Kenny Jackett uses similar tactics to his parent club, Green is able to put everything into practice. 

He said: ‘A few things have changed at Villa – obviously the whole set up of the club has.

‘When I went back after getting injured, the new management team had been appointed.

‘They told me to go back to Portsmouth and start trying the things they want me to do such as making runs in behind.

‘I’m putting those into my game here and it’s good practice.

‘Here we basically play with three strikers in attack off Oli (Hawkins).

‘Back at Villa, that’s what they want as well.

‘They want runners in behind off the front man so it is very similar.’

Green is starting to show his best form at Fratton Park after spending more than two months sidelined.

On Sunday, his 90th-minute winner at Rochdale fired Pompey into the third round of the FA Cup.

And the 20-year-old bagged another late goal on Tuesday as the Blues advanced into the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy following their 2-1 victory over Arsenal under-21s.

Coaches from Villa have been running the rule over Green during his south-coast spell.

They’ve also been sending him clips of Smith’s side and telling him what he needs to imitate. 

And Green reckons it can help boost Pompey’s League One title charge.

He added: ‘To be fair, they are really good. Even though I’m not there, they send players out on loan clips of what they expect in the future when they do go back.

‘They’re very well organised and think about you, which is good.

‘They get people down to watch you. As a player, you know where you are and that’s a good position to be in.

‘They send over clips of the whole team such as how we’d set up on a match day, how we’d press and things.

‘I can bring that here as well.’