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.
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.
He's not been playing for Villa..because— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 22, 2016
A. His contract bumped up massively after a certain amount of games.
B. He's an impact sub.
You'll be pulling your hair out after 6 games. Rapid , needs a cuddle, great promise, not convinced over a run of games. Hope I'm wrong! https://t.co/fgb3aDmPGK— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 22, 2016
I was sent a scouting DVD when he was at Barca. Villa overpaid and bought him on moneyball. Impact sub or 6 great games. Trust me. https://t.co/NpBfEr7Pm6— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 22, 2016
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.
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