Aston Villa new boy Adama Traore is a defender's worst nightmare, says Ciaran Clark

The 19-year-old helped create Villa's goal after coming on to make his debut in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa centre-back Ciaran Clark has hailed new signing Adama Traore as a “defender’s worst nightmare” after the former Barcelona winger made an instant impact for Tim Sherwood’s men during Saturday’s narrow 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Clark was speaking to AVTV after the loss at Selhurst Park, having seen Traore showcase his blazing speed and dribbling prowess on his claret and blue debut after coming on as a 69th-minute substitute for holding midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

While the hosts grabbed the lead 20 minutes from the end through Scott Dann’s powerful header, it took Villa just seven minutes to find an equaliser thanks to their latest teenage sensation, who ran past two Palace defenders down the right flank before forcing Pape Souare to deflect his shot into his own net.

Jordan Amavi’s poor giveaway would ultimately allow Bakary Sako to bag a late winner for the Eagles but, while Clark was disappointed with a second straight defeat, he was also quick to highlight the £7 million man’s influential cameo as an obvious positive to take from the match.

“There are positives but straight after the game it’s hard to see them with the result,” he told AVTV. “But you do look at it and think there are positives to take from the game.

“Adama came on and did fantastic for the goal. It’s a defender’s worst nightmare, having someone come on with that much pace running at you.

“He caused a lot of problems and hopefully there’ll be more of those times ahead.”

 Vs Crystal Palace Total CrossesDuels WonDuels LostTotal DribblesSuccessful DribblesTouchesBall RecoveriesDispossessedMins Played
Adama Traoré 2 3 2 2 1 9 1 1 21

Arriving from Barca last week as Villa’s 10th summer signing, Sherwood had attempted to taper expectations surrounding Traore ahead of the Palace clash but, after his impressive debut, it seems the growing excitement surrounding his signing could well be justified.

Whether the 19-year-old will now feature in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash against Notts County at Villa Park remains to be seen but, with struggling Sunderland also visiting on the weekend, Clark acknowledges that is it vital the team get a couple of wins from the coming fixtures.

“Tuesday night now is a big chance for us to bounce back and hopefully get a win under our belt and get through to the next round,” added the homegrown defender. “Then we can look forward to the next league game and hopefully pick of up three points there.

“In all three games [this season], I think we’ve done really well. They’ve been so tight and could have gone either way. Unfortunately for us today, it’s gone the other way.”

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