Adama Traore insists his difficult debut season at Aston Villa has been a valuable learning experience

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The former Barcelona winger has seen injuries limit him to just 11 total appearances for the Premier League's bottom club.

Speaking to AVTV, Aston Villa winger Adama Traore has insisted that he is settling into life in England well despite enduring a difficult debut season with the claret and blues.

Signed from Barcelona in August for a reported £7 million fee, Adama arrived at Villa Park to significant fanfare after developing a reputation as one of Europe’s top prospects during his time at the Nou Camp, but he has so far failed to live up to his billing.

The 20-year-old winger has seen injury problems limit him to only 10 Premier League substitute appearances and one Capital One Cup start for the club, recording one goal and two assists, while former manager Tim Sherwood and successor Remi Garde both stressed that he needed to improve his teamwork to earn a place in the line-up.

He did seem to be pushing for a starting spot over the festive period after producing a string of bright cameo performances off the bench, but the Spanish-born Malian’s progress was subsequently curtailed when he broke his foot during January’s 3-1 loss at Sunderland.

Given his struggles and Villa’s impending relegation to the Championship, it would be understandable if the promising speedster was looking to leave the West Midlands this summer, but despite having to grow accustomed to the cultural differences, he stresses that the last eight months have been a good learning experience for him.

“It is quite different here,” Adama told AVTV. “In Spain, people do a lot of socialising outdoors whereas here it seems to happen a lot indoors. This is a change for me, in both a personal way and football way.

“But for me, everything is about learning and I feel this experience is a positive one.”

Now finally fit, Adama played 75 minutes in the Under-21 side’s 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night before making his first-team return this weekend as a 70th-minute substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.

Fans have been calling for caretaker manager Eric Black to hand him and the likes of Jack Grealish an extended run in the side over some of the senior members of the squad now relegation is all but guaranteed, but the former Barca prospect is taking a diplomatic approach when it comes to his starting chances for the final five games.

“It is my dream to be the best player possible and when you have a dream you just follow it, no matter how many difficult you have had or will have,” he added to AVTV. “I know that if I keep fighting I will make my dream come true.

“I think that the manager has a lot to do with the team’s success. The manager can do his best on the training pitch and from the side of the pitch. I think this manager is doing that and all he can for the good of the team. However, on the pitch is the responsibility of the players to deliver.”

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