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Aston Villa 2016-17 player preview: Adama Traore

Aston Villa v A.F.C. Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

He’s blindingly fast, ferociously strong and seriously determined.

He’s also pretty pointless.

Adama Traore blazed onto the scene with a stunning solo effort against Crystal Palace, then he got injured. He came back against Sunderland and blew away their defence with ANOTHER spectacular move, but was injured again. He should have featured for Aston Villa in their pre-season, but he’s injured.

Adama Traore is more athlete than footballer and is an absolute specimen. Barcelona taught him well, as he can certainly run, juke, turn and slide past anyone in his way - he just can’t pass a ball and doesn’t seem to possess much in the way of intelligence: his positioning is awful, he seems a bit ‘mindless’ when he has the ball and doesn’t offer anything defensively.

But my word, Adama Traore is a blessing to watch. He’s a uniquely gifted player who will learn to defeat and overcome his glaring weaknesses. Like Jordan Ayew, he should be tearing apart the Championship.

Let’s see what happens.