By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce has confirmed that Andre Green is set to stay at Aston Villa for the remainder of this season.
Bruce started the Villa attacker during the 2-2 draw against Preston last time out and has now decided not to loan him out to a League One or Two club for experience.
Green impressed during that match despite his side throwing away a crucial 2-0 lead in their fight for promotion.
The 18-year-old has come through the ranks at the Midlands club and has been among a number of academy players picked by Bruce this season.
According to the Birmingham Mail, he was expected to go out and get first-team experience on loan in either League One or League Two.
However, prior to Villa’s Championship clash against Brentford on Tuesday night, Bruce confirmed in his Monday press conference that he has changed his mind about Green.
“There is no chance he is going on loan,” said Bruce, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “He did great against Preston and I was delighted with him. He is a young player who is hopefully going to have a bright future.”
Green has played nine games in all competitions this season, starting just two of those matches and is yet to provide an assist or score a goal.
He will be hoping to be in the starting line-up when Bruce’s side take on Dean Smith’s men away from home on Tuesday.
Football Insider verdict:
Bruce has made the right decision in keeping Green at the club. Yes, Villa required January additions this month but it is also important that the academy players are given a chance. Green is a player who is good enough to compete with the first-team players and he has shown in small glimpses this season that he can produce the goods if given the chance. Not only that, he can play on either wing or even in behind the striker, which gives Bruce more options when picking the starting line-up and looking to bring someone on from the bench. Now, he is set to stay it is down to Green to try and impress and work his way into a regular first team spot.
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