Tim Sherwood reveals DVD work with Adama Traore to help him improve

The Aston Villa boss also says that the youngster must mix up his game to avoid being kicked.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed that he is working with Adama Traore to bring him up to speed with the Premier League.

The highly rated youngster was secured in a move from Barcelona earlier this transfer window and has made an impressive start to his life in England, with a cameo against Crystal Palace and a starring role in the win over Notts County.

There are high expectations from the Villa fans for the exciting young winger, but he still has a lot to learn and Sherwood says they have been hitting the DVDs to get him up to scratch.

"I know Adama more than anyone. That's why he's at the football club,” he told avfc.co.uk.

"I know his strengths and I know his weaknesses. We're just trying to iron out the weaknesses. I talk to him daily. I showed him the video of his cameo on Saturday - and I will show him footage from the win over Notts County too.”

Traore needs to mix up his game to avoid kicks

Traore has already had a taste of how things are likely to be in the Premier League, and he was on the receiving end of one particularly heavy challenge in the loss to Palace.

That is unfortunately part and parcel of being a player like Traore, with defenders often keen to make the attacking player aware of his presence, and with any luck, subdue them with a strong tackle.

And Sherwood says Traore must mix his game up to avoid getting roughed up by opponents.

"He needs to mix his game up because it doesn't give people the opportunity to kick him,” he added.

"He's going to find himself a very marked man out there because the only way they're going to stop him is bringing him down. He's going to be an excellent signing for this football club. It's up to me to nurture him and bed him in."

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