Six months ago, Aston Villa winger Andre Green was heading out on loan to League One outfit Portsmouth [Pompey’s official website], fast forward to Friday and he was scoring a last-minute equaliser for his boyhood club.
The 20-year-old came off the bench against Sheffield United on Friday night to inspire his team to a remarkable comeback.
Dean Smith’s side were 3-0 down going into the last 10 minutes of the Championship encounter against the third-placed side.
But Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and substitute Green staged one of the best comebacks of the season so far.
Considering his match-turning performance, is it time for Green to start more regularly?
At this moment in time, the likes of Jonathan Kodjia, Anwar El Ghazi and Albert Adomah are ahead of him in the pecking order.
But Adomah is yet to score a goal this season and Kodjia has not been producing the goods since he has been playing out wide.
Therefore, that opens up the opportunity for Green to start on a more regular basis for his promotion-chasing outfit.
Green was one of Villa’s best players during pre-season, but despite that, he was still sent out on loan by then-manager Steve Bruce.
Since then, he has been recalled back and considering the out-of-form players in the wide positions, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be starting.
Not only that, compared to Kodjia, playing out wide comes more natural to him and he is player Villa can build up for next season.
It is highly likely that Villa won’t earn promotion, so looking towards the youngsters is a must.
Added with that, when on loan at Pompey and now for Villa, he has showcased this ability to score late goals.
Given time by his forward-thinking manager, this time next season, Green could be thriving in a Villa shirt and he could possibly take some of the burden off star man Jack Grealish in the final third.