Danny Murphy cannot believe Adama Traore wasn't starting for Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Adama Traore shoots

Aston Villa sold Adama Traore to Middlesbrough during the summer transfer window.

Aston Villa's Adama Traore looks dejected

Danny Murphy has questioned on Match of the Day, which was broadcast on 23rd October, why Adama Traore was not starting for Aston Villa last season.

Traore did not start a single Premier League match for Villa last term, as they dropped out of the top flight.

The former Barcelona winger ended up moving to Middlesbrough in the summer transfer window, and since signing for Aitor Karanka’s side he has started to show his talent.

Traore was selected to play for Boro against Arsenal yesterday, and the 20-year-old’s display in the fixture was fantastic.

Middlesbrough's Adama Traore in action with Tottenham's Ben Davies

Traore caused Arsenal’s defence a whole host of problems, and Murphy could not understand how he had gone overlooked for so long at Villa.

“He looks like a world beater,” Murphy said. “He gave them a threat. His pace is incredible, but he has good feet and a good touch. Why he wasn’t playing for Villa, I do not know. He’s strong and comfortable in possession. He looks a real find.”

In response to Murphy’s comments, Stan Collymore leaped to the defence of Villa’s former managers for not picking Traore.

Collymore argued that the lightening fast winger should be nothing more than an impact substitute at this moment in time.

Traore has now played four times for Boro this term, and Karanka would be hard placed to take him out of his starting line-up after his eye catching display yesterday.

Aston Villa's Adama Traore in action against Norwich City's Robert Brady

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