Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Jamie Smith has challenged Andre Green to start fulfilling his potential now at Hillsborough following his cameo off the bench against Bristol City.
It has been a struggle for Green since he arrived at Sheffield Wednesday and he has not been able to have much of an impact for the Owls so far this campaign. The 22-year-old has managed to make just seven Championship appearances so far since he arrived at the club on a free transfer during the January transfer window. Only one of those appearances has come from the start of a match.
Green has had suffered a spell on the sidelines through an Achilles injury which has not helped him get up to speed and make a major difference for the Owls. However, he recently suggested that Darren Moore could be the perfect manager to get more out of him, after revealing that the Sheffield Wednesday manager knows how to get the best from him.
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Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Smith challenged Green to now start realising his potential at Hillsborough, after he got himself into some promising positions in the final third during his cameo off the bench in the 1-1 draw against Bristol City on Saturday.
He said: “Andre has got a lot of potential and hopefully he will fulfil that with us.
“Andre looked a threat when he came on and got in behind them a couple of times.
“Maybe with a little bit more luck we would have got something from it.”
Green is something of a frustrating player with the 22-year-old having ability that he shows fleeting glimpses of at times. However, he has largely underwhelmed so far in his career and not been able to show any real consistent form when he has been handed chances to play for the clubs he has been with during various loan spells from Aston Villa.
The attacker can offer something different for the Owls and there is a chance that he could potentially come into the side and make a difference in the remaining matches. At this stage, there is not much left to lose now for Sheffield Wednesday and they might as well give him a run of games to see if he can make any impact for them in the final third.
Next season could well be crucial for Green’s career and he needs to do all he can in the remaining games to convince Moore that he can play a major part for them next term whatever division they happen to be playing in. He needs to use these words from Smith as real motivation and start to show his qualities more often on the field.