Loan rangers have got point to prove to Bruce

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Foot­ball Writer

AN­DRE Green in­sists he’s out to prove he’s a ‘ good player’ at Portsmouth af­ter leav­ing Villa on loan.

The 20-year-old winger was al­lowed to go to Frat­ton Park last month af­ter Steve Bruce snapped up wide play­ers An­war El Ghazi and Yan­nick Bo­lasie on loan from Lille and Ever­ton re­spec­tively.

Green linked up with Pom­pey in League One and has al­ready been se­lected twice by Kenny Jack­ett. Now he is out to show his worth on the south coast.

He said: “First of all, I need to prove I’m a good player. I have to prove my worth on the left be­fore I go more cen­tral and cre­ate. As I get more com­fort­able and more trust off the boys the un­der­stand­ing will come.

“I want to be able to add some ex­tra pace to the team. I want to use it to get into an area where I can cause prob­lems.

“It’s a good op­tion to have that. Pace in the team is a prob­lem for any other team. We’ve got a young bunch here so I knew I’d fit in.

“Be­cause the boys are so young ev­ery­thing is en­er­getic. It’s sharp and short. You need to think more and be men­tally sharp as well. That’s what I en­joy.”

Green is one of sev­eral Villa young­sters out on loan, an­other of whom, Mitchell Clark, has re­vealed how his first-team frus­tra­tions led to him leav­ing.

Clark was one of 10 rook­ies in­cluded on Villa’s pre-sea­son train­ing camp in Por­tu­gal and fea- tured in friendlies and Bur­ton.

Bruce has name-checked him a cou­ple of times when dis­cussing the club’s star­lets and the de­fender im­pressed on his first-team de­but against Wi­gan last sea­son.

De­spite ex­celling with the se­niors in pre-sea­son, the 19-year-old quickly dropped back down to the un­der-23s. against Telford

Af­ter learn­ing he wouldn’t fea­ture in Bruce’s first-team plans, Clark linked up with Port Vale and is now thriv­ing in the com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment of men’s foot­ball.

He said: “It’s very frus­trat­ing but that’s just part of foot­ball. I made my de­but in the Cup last year and I thought I did re­ally well.

“I was of­fered a new con­tract and then just when I thought I was pro- gress­ing with the first team in the sum­mer I was put back down to the 23s. When I got told I was go­ing on pre-sea­son with the Un­der-23s and 18s to Den­mark, that was a dip for me. But I heard Port Vale were in­ter­ested in tak­ing me on loan.

“I didn’t have any sec­ond thoughts be­cause I just wanted to get out to play. I knew it was im­por­tant to play men’s foot­ball.”

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