Aston Villa have changed their transfer policy to sign young players with potential.
Despite the former’s experience in the Premier League, and the fact he would likely have had an immediate impact this season, the Villa board believed a move for Traore made more sense as he would have a larger sell-on value in the future, and a bigger potential to reach.
So far this decision has not proved the correct one, with the 19-year-old playing just three games in all competitions for Villa, and not having he impact many expected of him.
However, whilst it has not happened for Traore in the short-term, Villa made the correct move to bring in the former Barcelona youngster over the summer.
On his day, Traore has the ability to be fantastic, and he will only get better with time - and Villa will be the team to benefit.
Lennon, on the other hand, would come in as a 28-year-old, who has done little in his recent career to suggest he is still able to perform in the top flight.
His signing would have followed the club’s former transfer policy, which brought in the likes of Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos, as Villa targeted overpaid, old and underperforming players.
This change in transfer policy can only benefit Villa in the long-term, and signing Traore was one of the best deals of the summer.
He may take a while to settle in English football, but it is a case of one step back and two steps forward for Traore and Aston Villa.