Traore was brought to Villa last summer from Barcelona, and there were great hopes about the impact that he could make in the Midlands.
However, the 20-year-old has struggled to make an impression, and Wilkins believes that Green is a better prospect.
“When Adama joined the club, we had young men coming through at the academy,” he said. “Andre Green was one, but he picked up an injury in pre-season… but, for me, he was a better player than Traore and he was coming through the ranks.”
Traore has played just 11 times in all competitions this season, and he is yet to make a start in the Premier League.
Wilkins confirmed that when Villa bought Traore, they had identified Aaron Lennon as an alternative target, but the board wanted to push through a deal for the ex-Barcelona man.
Traore’s future at Villa is now up in the air, after the club’s relegation to the Championship has been confirmed.
According to the Daily Mail, Traore’s wages are set to increase - despite Villa dropping down a division - and it could be that the Midlands side try to move him on in the next transfer window.
Green, meanwhile, could have a big role to play next season - and he has already been handed two first-team appearances this term.