Adama Traore close to Aston Villa first team, says Remi Garde

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The Villa boss says the youngster must work hard to earn a start in future.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has insisted that youngster Adama Traore is close to being in his first team squad.

The highly rated youngster was secured in a deal from Barcelona in the summer, but has so far only made four Premier League appearances.

He started brightly at Villa Park, with two impressive performances against Crystal Palace and Notts County, but has since found game time hard to come by.

He is yet to feature under Garde since he replaced Sherwood at the club, but the Frenchman says he was close to making the first team squad in future.

“He is quite close to being on the team list one day,” he told

“He is a very young player, without experience at the highest level. He did some good stuff in the training sessions but at the moment I didn't choose him. He has to work hard.”

Given Aston Villa’s current dire situation, with relegation looking a certainty, there is cause for Traore to be starting more regularly.

The side is looking short of any attacking creativity or threat at present, with goals hard to come by, and he could be the spark they need to change that.

He certainly could not perform worse then their current attacking line up; such has been the disappointing campaign they have endured so far.

With the loss to Everton showing how bad things currently are, perhaps it is time for Garde to take a risk and introduce the La Masia graduate into the side.

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