Graphic: How Aston Villa could line up if they sign Barcelona wonderkid Adama Traore

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Aston Villa are reportedly close to signing Adama Traore from Barcelona.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are poised to complete the signing of Barcelona winger Adama Traore in the next 24 hours.

The 19-year-old wide man was considered to be one of the next great wonderkids to come out of the famous La Masia academy, but is now set to leave Catalunya for Villa Park.

A strong winger with blistering pace, Traore has the potential to become a star under Tim Sherwood, and many fans will wonder just how their side will look if he does sign on the dotted line.

Here is a graphic displaying Villa's strongest predicted line-up when Traore arrives, which features a 4-3-3 formation - the system Sherwood deployed against Bournemouth last weekend.

Barring any other arrivals, Villa's defence could well stay the same as the one which started against Bournemouth. With Brad Guzan in goal as well as a back four of Leandro Bacuna, Micah Richards, Ciaran Clark and Jordan Amavi, Sherwood may have a solid backline at his disposal.

A midfield trio of Ashley Westwood and new signings Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Veretout would give Sherwood energy as well as technical ability to supply the players in the final third.

Finally, we come to where Adama Traore features. The Spaniard is a natural right winger, where he can run at defenders and take them on down the outside, causing problems with his pace and power.

That's exactly where Traore features here, with the currently absent Jack Grealish out on the left where he can drift inside on to his right foot and create chances for his team-mates.

The centre forward role is a little more challenging, but big-money signing Jordan Ayew would likely be the favourite for the role, even after Rudy Gestede's match-winning goal against Bournemouth last weekend.

The players involved here give Villa athletic dynamism as well as ability on the ball - and that combination could make Sherwood's men a dangerous proposition.

Adding Traore could complete the jigsaw for Sherwood, and if he lives up to his billing, he could become one of the most influential wingers in the Premier League.

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