Adama Traore eager to play with Jack Grealish more regularly at Aston Villa

The 20-year-old winger has had his first season in England ruined by injuries.

As Aston Villa prepare to accept their inevitable relegation, the thought of Jack Grealish and Adama Traore running at Championship defenders is at least a tantalising prospect.

The promising duo have barely played together this season due largely to injuries, but speaking to AVTV this week, Adama was full of praise for his fellow attacker.

The fit-again winger came through 75 minutes of the Under-21 side’s 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night alongside Grealish, and having enjoyed the experience, he is eager for the chance to link up with him and the club’s other up-and-coming talents like Andre Green on a more regular basis in the first-team.

I believe he is a good player and a mate as well,” Adama told AVTV on Grealish. “It is always a pleasure to compete with him and play together again.

“I think they [Villa’s youngsters] are good players with great potential to improve through hard work and I am happy to play with them. They are young and can get better in many things, just like I can.”

Adama, 20, joined Villa from Barcelona last August for a reported £7 million fee after starring for the Catalan club’s B team in the Spanish second tier over the previous two seasons, while also earning four senior appearances in the process.

Widely considered one of Europe's top prospects at the time, the pacey winger’s arrival was greeted with a significant amount of fanfare, but he has since seen form and fitness issues limit him to just 10 Premier League substitute appearances and one Capital One Cup start, recording one goal and two assists.

He did seem to be making a good claim for a starting spot during the festive period after a handful of bright cameo performances, but the Spanish-born Malian’s progress was soon curtailed when he broke his foot in the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland.

However, he is now back to full fitness and determined to make an impact over the remaining five games of the season before Villa’s status as Premier League ever-presents come to an end.

"I am looking to make an impact now and try to help change the situation and make a big contribution,” Adama told AVTV before making a 20-minute substitute appearance in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth. “I have worked quite hard in the last few months to help the team, giving the best I can, so it is really up to the manager to put me on the pitch.

“In that case I would do the best I can to be better and better.”

Whether Adama stays at Villa beyond the summer is certainly far from guaranteed given his obvious talent, but there is no doubt that he could prove a real force in the Championship if he is given a regular role in the side and keeps off the treatment table.

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