When Andre Green arrived on loan from Aston Villa, the connection to Callum Robinson was clear.
Both players come up through the Villa youth ranks. Both players are predominantly left wingers who can cut in on their right foot, and both players chose Preston for first-team football after struggling for playing time at Villa.
Green’s signing was seen as the key replacement for Robinson, following his move to Sheffield United. Having shown glimpses at Villa, there was hope that Green could really develop at Deepdale, just like Robinson did.
However, he has found like with North End a little frustrating so far. He’s made just three league appearances so far, and none have been as a starter. His three substitute appearances amount to just 86 minutes of action, though he’s enjoyed more success in the Carabao Cup.
Green has started both Carabao Cup games this season, and scored against Bradford City last month. He played just six minutes of the last game at Nottingham Forest though, and is struggling to break into the side.
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Neil has now discussed Green’s start to life with North End. Speaking to Lancs Live, Neil suggested that Green has settled in well at Deepdale, but competition for places is tough right now.
Seani Maguire has impressed on the left whilst Josh Harrop has looked sharp there lately too. That means Green hasn’t been able to get in the side, with a striking role not given to him since the Swansea defeat.
Neil wants to see Green grasp his opportunity when it comes, but whilst Aston Villa wanted him to go out, play games and develop, he’s currently having to sit on the bench.
“He’s settled in fine,” said Neil. “We’ve got a lot of competition but he’s had a couple of run-outs and done okay, Seani and Harrop have been playing very well on the left hand side. Andre’s not quite at that stage yet but when his opportunity comes along he’s got to take it with both hands,” he added.