Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood discloses what he is encouraging Adama Traore to do

Adama Traore has made just four appearances for Aston Villa since arriving from Barcelona over the summer.

Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail that he is encouraging Aston Villa winger Adama Traore to take players on. 

Traore arrived at Villa from Barcelona in the summer transfer window, and he has impressed during the brief time he has had on the pitch so far.

Sherwood is now trying to get the winger to commit defenders, with the 46-year-old boss wanting him to become his side's match-winner. 

"He has a go, that’s what I encourage him to do," he said. 

“I don’t shout at him if he gives it away 16 times a day, I encourage him to keep going.

“Next time, he’ll run past someone and he’ll win us the game so that’s why I keep encouraging them.”

Traore has played four times for Villato date, with most of his appearances coming as a substitute. 

His natural flair in possession makes him a very exciting talent to watch, but the 19-year-old remains raw, and it is clear that Sherwood still has reservations about using him from the start on a regular basis.

Traore was handed only four senior appearance for Barcelona's first team during his stay at the Nou Camp, and his inexperience is still evident. 

The Malian will hope that he can force his way into the Claret and Blues starting line-up soon, though, and they will need him to impress if he does.

Sherwood's side are currently sat in 19th place in the Premier League table, and they have not picked up a victory since the opening day of the season. 

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