Many Aston Villa fans are praising Bertrand Traore for his performance during their Premier League clash at Villa Park against Arsenal.
The winger was rested for the first half in the 3-1 defeat against West Ham on Wednesday night with Dean Smith juggling the heavily congested fixture list.
That decision from the manager paid off, as Traore showed the creative spark that the Villa squad were missing mid-week almost instantly against the Gunners, picking up a lose ball and whipping in a cross to Ollie Watkins, whose shot was deflected in. This happened only two minutes into the match, leading one fan to call the player ‘brilliant’ for his role in the goal.
Traore didn’t have the best start to the season, but has become a crucial asset for the club in recent months this campaign. Before the Arsenal match, he had picked up four goals and two assists, (Transfermarkt). One of the assists and all of the goals have come in the last eight matches, and he is showing why Smith brought him to Villa Park in the first place. If his good form continues, there is no doubt that he will be a crucial player for the club for many seasons to come.
Here is what fans said about Traore:
“Brilliant work from Traore. OLLLLLIIIEEE”
“Excellent stuff from Traore! #avfc“
“Brilliant assist from Traore!”
“Great work from Traore!! 1-0!”
“Bertrand Traore’s energy and persistence is key to the way Villa play. He leads the press so well on the right-wing, it really sets the tone for how Villa aim to steal possession in the final third. Some player”
“With Traore, it seems like all it took was Smith and the coaching staff instilling the work rate in him. He’s a different player these days from what we saw in the early weeks.”
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