5 things Aston Villa fans should know about new arrival Adama Traore

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The Barcelona star has arrived at Villa Park as part of a £7 million deal - so what do Aston Villa fans need to know about Tim Sherwood’s new recruit?

Adama Traore arrives at Aston Villa with plenty in the way of European pedigree, having cut his teeth at Barcelona.

But how much do Aston Villa fans know about their latest signing and what do those of the Claret and Blue persuasion need to know about the 19-year-old winger?

Here are five things that may have gone unnoticed.

1. He wasn’t always a winger

Having arrived at Barcelona as a schoolboy in 2005 from local club L’Hospitalet, Traore began his adventure with the Catalan club playing primarily as a full-back.

But after showcasing his speed and strength to the coaches within the Barca youth setup, he was soon switched into a wide forward/winger role.

2. He earned a cool nickname at Barcelona

A nickname can tell you a lot about a player and that’s certainly the case with Traore, who was known as 'the Arrow' during his days in Spain.

Given to the 19-year-old because of his strength, speed and directness on the ball, it remained with him throughout his time at the club.

3. He’s got a less successful brother

Like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Eden Hazard before him, Traore also has a less-successful professional footballer brother.

Mohamed 'Moha' Traore also plays his football in Spain for the Cordoba B team having come through the ranks at La Liga club Espanyol.

4. He was once a thorn in Arsenal’s side

Traore was among the star turns for Barcelona in their route to the UEFA Youth League title in the 2013-14 season and was particularly impressive in the quarter-finals.

It was there that Barcelona faced Arsenal, with Traore scoring twice in a 4-2 win over a Gunners side containing Serge Gnabry.

5. He’s better at dribbling than Eden Hazard

A statistic tweeted by Opta Jose revealed that Traore was the best dribbler in Europe over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.

In one Segunda Division campaign, the 19-year-old completed 243 dribbles, which is more than any other player on the continent. It’s also 61 more dribbles than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard managed.

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