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Former Barcelona prodigy asks to leave Aston Villa

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Adama isn't happy slumming it in the Championship and wants out.

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After making 12 appearances, Adama Traore has requested Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo to allow him to leave for a new team.

Adama was a weird signing for Aston Villa.

Unproven and raw, Villa and their Head of Recruitment splashed out £7 million and around £60k a week on the gifted youngster. It's now looking like the only reason they made the move was to beat Stoke City to his signature.

Adama proved to be all excitement but no end product. His speed and skill are to be admired, but he lacks motivation, footballing intelligence and finesse. In the majority of his 12 small appearances for Villa, the youngster has simply went missing after an initial dazzling run.

Red flags were raised when former Villa boss, Remi Garde, stated that Adama had an 'underdeveloped understanding of the game'. Any team willing to gamble on Adama will be taking a large risk as he still requires a large amount of personal development to reach his high potential.

On a final note, if he doesn't want to be at Villa, the door is open. He's not proven himself past being a bench option, is prone to injury and doesn't seem to be a team player, as hinted by Villa's owner, Tony Xia.

It's in your hands Adama.