Charlton Athletic boss makes claim over Aston Villa loanee

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Lee Bowyer was pleased with Andre Green’s Charlton debut – and reckons the Aston Villa attacker will only get better with more game time.

The 21-year-old played only 86 minutes of Championship football on loan at Preston North End in the first half of the campaign.

Green signed on a temporary deal for the Addicks at the end of last week and started Sunday’s 1-0 FA Cup loss to West Brom.

“He did well,” said Bowyer. “You can tell he is a big game rusty but we tried to get the ball to his feet. He was positive and he took people on.

“Then we moved him up front in the second half and we put him as a second striker in a change to the system. He did well there too. He is a threat in behind, a bit like we’ve had with [Jonathan] Leko and Karlan [Grant]. That’s how I see him, as one who can play out wide and up top.

“I look forward to working with him. I definitely see that we can improve him. Once he gets minutes under his belt he will just get better and better.”

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