The arrival of Bertrand Traore for a reported £17million back in September from Lyon left most Aston Villa fans scrambling for Youtube to see how he had developed following his spell with Chelsea many years before.
The 25-year-old did have a mixed first season back in the Premier League. He can be wonderful, or woeful, in attack and for a long time, it felt like there wasn’t a defensive bone in his body, although as the season came to a close we did see more willing when it came to his efforts to track back. There is no doubting though that he’s an incredibly frustrating player, but one who is clearly capable of moments of utter magic – although it’s debatable if he even knows what he’s going to do half the time.
With 31 starts and seven substitute showings to his name, a return of eight goals and six assists across all competitions can’t be sniffed at, and with 12 months back under his belt in sunny old England, everybody is hoping for more consistency in the 2021/22 campaign now he’s better settled and back up to speed with the pace of the Premier League.
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For those fans hoping for significant improvement next season, news this week that the Burkina Faso international has now returned to us from international duty for surgery, may change some opinions on his poorer performances last term.
Having reportedly returned to the club on Monday, Foot Mercato are reporting that Villa and his national side, came to an agreement for him to cut his time with them short so he could go under the surgeon’s knife to fix a groin issue that he has been living with since January. The surgery is tagged as being a success and it’s expected that he will join up with us in July for pre-season training as planned.
Many would argue the more consistent attacking performances from him came in the opening half of the season, with the second half of the campaign being more frustrating, and often running into blind alleys in the process, so if he has been playing with pain that could well explain that. The positive here, is the slightly stronger team ethic come the end of the season – either way, I think this sort of guarantees good improvement for his second year.
But he will always remain an enigma and hugely frustrating whatever happens!
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