The 19-year-old winger put in an impressive debut display in Saturday's narrow 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace.
The 19-year-old winger made his debut as a 69th-minute substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace after sealing a £7 million move from Barcelona the previous week, and proceeded to give fans a glimpse of the talent that saw him hailed as one of the Spanish giants’ top prospects.
As well as showcasing his blazing speed and dribbling skills, the La Masia product also helped create Villa’s equaliser just eight minutes after his introduction, as he ran past two palace defenders down the right flank before forcing Pape Souare to deflect his shot into his own net.
Jordan’s Amavi’s goal-costing error in the closing stages meant Sherwood’s side would leave Selhurst Park with nothing to show for their efforts, however, and the claret and blue boss is now demanding a response from his squad in the mid-week cup game at Villa Park.
He is likely to make at least a few changes to the line-up for County’s visit and, after Traore’s impressive debut, the home fans could well be seeing the emerging wide man in extended action for the first time.
Having arrived in the West Midlands to much fanfare, Sherwood has been attempting to taper expectations surrounding his new teenage sensation but admits that the former Spain Under-19 international has the ability to “take your breath away”.
Asked whether Traore will feature against the League Two club, he said: “I think so. I want to see how he recovers from the [Palace] game.
“It was only a cameo but it's a huge step up from Segunda League to the Premier League. I don't think we can expect too much.
“He's not the finished article. But we got a glimmer of what he can produce. It takes your breath away. I am sure he will be very buoyant from his performance.”
Tuesday’s game will also see Sherwood come up against another former Tottenham Hotspur coach in County manager Ricardo Moniz, who worked as a skills coach at White Hart Lane between 2005 and 2008 under Martin Jol and later Juande Ramos.
“It will be a tough game,” the ex-Spurs head coach added. “It's always difficult on the back of a defeat, especially the way that result against Crystal Palace came.
“I know their manager Ricardo Moniz very well. He used to be a skills coach at Tottenham. They will look to come and play football.
“It's a good home draw for us and one we are looking forward to.”
Certainly, with Sunderland also coming to Villa Park on Saturday, the two coming games seem like a prime opportunity for Villa to bounce back from their recent back-to-back defeats.