Friday’s clash with footballing giants Manchester United edges closer. With Villa’s opening day win game still fresh in the memories, the positivity at Villa Park may get an extra boost from another possible transfer. Reports from various newspapers suggest that Adama Traore from Barcelona’s B team is expected to fly in some time this week to complete a £7 million deal.
What should Villa fans expect from this talented teen and what would he bring to our new-look squad?
Adama Traore is a Spanish right winger who plays for the Barcelona B team. At the age of nineteen, we cannot expect too much from the lad. However, his track record so far in the team proves why he is someone Sherwood has been keeping his eye on. His statistics tell the story: he’s played sixty-three times for the club and scored eight goals, which is very impressive for a winger. Due to his age, not a lot of people have heard of him and they do they really know how he plays.
Traore would offer the ability to score goals but, as I mentioned in my previous article, the Villans are crying out for a decent crosser of the ball. To pay £7 million for a player of nineteen may seem like a huge risk but if Sherwood can see a way of using him to provide crosses in to the likes of Rudy Gestede in the box then the Villans could be seen as a real attacking force. Sherwood can see that we have Gestede as the man to get us goals but if his greatest ability is using his head then someone needs to provide him with those chances and this is surely why Traore is being tracked.
While it is being reported that Sherwood is all set to sign this player, don’t be surprised if we don’t get him. Mark Hughes at Stoke City has been doing great business this summer and it seems the Potters have a close connection with Barcelona. However, after signing Shaqiri from Inter Milan, I can’t see that they will be willing to spend much more on players due. If the journalists can be believed, the only other competition Sherwood has for Traore’s signature is Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers. It has been reported in ‘The Daily Star’ that the Merseysiders are also looking at Traore, which wouldn’t be a surprise: since Rodgers purchased Benteke, he will want to buy players who can provide service to him and is very much in the same situation as Sherwood in that respect at the moment.
In my opinion, I think it is essential to get a winger who can provide decent crosses in. Is Traore a better deal that getting someone like Andros Townsend from Spurs in? Townsend would cost more than Traore but Sherwood would know what he would be getting with him, as he has been Townsend’s manager before. I would welcome Traore and there is no doubt that he has the potential to become a sensational player but there is always the risk of him flopping at the highest level, unlikely as that may be.
Ashley Westwood yesterday became the latest player to extend his contract with the club. Bought by Lambert, he has had a tough task replacing Petrov in central midfield. Westwood deserves a lot of credit for his tenacity and fully deserves his new contract. Hopefully he, and others, can work to create a solid midfield, something we haven’t had for many years now.