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Speaking to Football Insider, Darren Bent has tipped Aston Villa’s Andre Green to be an option in the Premier League next season.
With Villa adding numerous new faces to the side over the summer, it’s easy to forget about a host of their fringe players.
Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason have both scored in pre-season whilst Scott Hogan even got in on the action last weekend.
However, one man who hasn’t been talked about much over pre-season is 20-year-old Green.
The winger became a bit part of the squad in the second half of 2018/19, but Bent is tipping him to remain an option in the upcoming campaign despite the jump to the Premier League. He told Football Insider:
“I’ve seen a little bit of him. Hopefully, he can get the opportunity, I thought he did well. I’ve seen him a couple of times and he’s impressed me.
“We’re dealing with a completely different animal in the Premier League, to stay in the Premier League you need goal scorers.
“I’d have him there as an option, maybe not as a first choice, he’s got time on his hands which is great.”
The wide man spent the first half of last term on loan at Portsmouth, scoring once in six games in League One.
Therefore, it may have been somewhat of a surprise to see him brought back into the first-team set-up at Villa.
The fact he only contributed to two goals after returning might mean he’d struggle to make the step up to the top-flight but it would certainly be foolish if he wasn’t retained as an option.
Last season Villa somewhat struggled on the right-hand side with Albert Adomah scoring just four.
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Jota has been brought in to bolster that area of the pitch but behind him, Green can still make an impact if afforded the opportunities.
Of course, the Villans have been linked with another wide player in Trezeguet but there should still be enough games for the youngster to make an impact.
It’ll be a challenge for him, but as Bent says, Green has time on his hands.