Ipswich Town midfielder Paul Green on being compared to AC Milan and Manchester United legends by Republic of Ireland boss

Paul Green

Paul Green - Credit: Archant

He’s been compared to footballing luminaries Gennaro Gattuso and Nobby Stiles, but new Blue Paul Green insists there’s more to his game than tough tacking.

The 30-year-old could make his full Ipswich debut at home to Blackpool tomorrow, and arrives at Portman Road with 20 Republic of Ireland caps under his belt.

Legendary Italian Giovanni Trapattoni, Green’s former boss at international level, made the comparisons with former AC Milan and Italy legend Gattuso and England World Cup winner Stiles, emphasising the importance of having a disciplined defensive structure.

“Paul Green has the attitude. There are famous names – Gattuso,” he said. “He was the player with character and attitude. He won the league and Champions League.

“There have been players in England. Remember Nobby Stiles? They are players who were not full of class like (Lionel) Messi, but football is not only this.”

However, the on-loan Leeds star says his international role differs from the one he usually plays at club level.

“Whereas for Ireland I tended to sit back in front of the defence, breaking things up, at club level I like to get forward and score a few goals,” said Green, who has scored 38 Football League goals in 365 games.

“I almost scored (on Ipswich debut in 2-2 draw at Barnsley) and that would have been a nice start. I remember the ball coming to me pretty quick and I just concentrated on keeping it down but it was blocked on the line.”

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Green, whose proposed move to Suffolk collapsed on transfer deadline day, has played in the Conference and at every level of the Football League, but the top flight remains elusive.

“It would be nice to get a taste of the Premier League, there are a lot of points to play for in the final 16 games of the season and the players are all singing off the same hymn sheet,” said Green, who was rejected by Sheffield Wednesday at 16, for being too small.

“That (rejection) was a blessing in disguise and gave me a chance to play regular football.

“Working my way back up the leagues was a great experience.”

Meanwhile Green has confirmed he would not rule out a permanent switch to Portman Road in the summer.

Asked if his career is over at Leeds, Green added: “I think so. I have not been involved much this year. That is probably a big factor and it would be nice to get something sorted out either here or somewhere else.

“Leeds is my home town club. Warnock took me there, and I loved it there and I played a lot of games in the first year. This year I have been out of favour but I did enjoy it there. It’s a shame but it’s nice to be down here.

“At my age, I want to be playing games and I hope I can do that at Ipswich. The lads are doing well though so I might have to bide my time. I don’t expect to get into the team straight away.

“I have played a few reserve games but I feel my fitness and sharpness is there and I am ready to go. It was nice to get 20 minutes under my belt at Barnsley.”

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