Traore has signed a five-year deal from Barcelona, without knowing any English and he’s offered an insight into how he’s going to go about the challenge of communicating at the club.
“I know Carles Gil. I have spoken to him. It's a great help to have lads here who can speak Spanish, like him, Jose Angel Crespo and Carlos Sanchez. They will help at the beginning,” he told avfc.co.uk.
“I also speak French so that will also help me get to know some of the new lads.”
“But I am determined to learn English. I am going to do that very, very quickly because it's very important for me so I can adapt here.”
Communication is vital
Communication is everything for a squad looking to progress and develop after a difficult season last time round.
Manager Tim Sherwood is a very passionate manager and someone who is always looking to get messages across to his players.
The teammates that Traore mentions above are going to be vital in terms of helping get that message across quickly, when the youngster is part of the first team picture.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to show enough football intelligence all over the pitch to be able to pick up on Sherwood’s messages and to adapt quickly, with minimal help.
What’s encouraging is that he’s not looking to shy away from the challenge of playing football in another country and if he can pick up the language quickly, it’s only going to make his communication skills more effective.