Video: Adama Traore gets warm welcome from Aston Villa fans

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The 19-year-old winger has arrived at the club from Barcelona on a five-year deal.

Aston Villa new boy Adama Traore got his first taste of Villa Park’s famous atmosphere on Friday night when he was unrelieved to a sell-out crowd ahead of the club’s home opener against Manchester United.

The 19-year-old winger’s £7 million move from Barcelona was confirmed earlier in the day following a week of intense speculation and, having established himself as one of the Spanish giants’ most exciting prospects in recent seasons, there are big expectations for him in the Midlands.

Born in Catalonia to Malian parents, Traore first joined Barca in 2004 at the age of eight, before rising through the ranks to earn his La Liga debut in November 2013.

He would make just three further appearances for the senior side over the following 18 months due to their star-studded squad but did earn rave reviews for his performances for the club’s B team during that same period.

Over the past two campaigns, the skilful wide man racked up 10 goals and 18 assists in 63 games in the Spanish second division, while recording an outstanding 243 successful dribbles last term – 63 more than any other player in Europe [h/t Opta].

With the B team since dropping down to the third tier, however, and no first-team places opening up, the former Spain Under-19 international needed to move on this summer to further his career and Villa boss Tim Sherwood believes he has come to the best possible club for his development.

"We showed him this is a great stage for him and that we recognise that he needs developing and I would give him as much development time as possible,” Sherwood told the club’s official website following the announcement of the deal.

"We'll give him the stage to play but we'll also give him a lot of work on the training field to improve what he already has.

"But he's already played a lot of games for someone who is so young because he's physically a man. He's been a man for a long time now. He's a powerful boy, very quick, and dynamic.

"He's not the finished article by any means either but he's certainly a player who can help us out now but for the long term future of the club he's magnificent."

Traore’s five-year contract at Villa does reserve Barcelona the right to buy him back during the first three seasons of the deal but, given his enormous potential, that seems like a gamble worth taking to secure the services of one of Europe’s top prospects.

The club’s 10th summer signing, after four relegation threatened seasons he represents an exciting new era for the claret and blues under Sherwood’s stewardship.

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