Aston Villa may have beaten 3-1 by Chelsea on Boxing Day, but there was at least one positive – the return of Bertrand Traore from injury.
Traore played the final 17 minutes at Villa Park, having been brought on to replace Danny Ings.
It was his first league outing since the the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 3 October, back when Dean Smith was still in charge.
He will hope to change that when Villa take on Brentford in their first game of 2022.
Traore’s return could be a big boost for Villa
Last season, Traore recorded 13 direct goal involvements for The Villans (seven goals and six assists), a tally bettered only by Ollie Watkins (19) and Jack Grealish (16), so it’s no surprise to see supporters delighted by his comeback.
The official Aston Villa Twitter account tweeted that it was ‘great to have you back, Bert’, and here’s how fans responded.
These Villa supporters are big fans of Traore
“One thing I noticed yesterday was how our forwards always took one touch too many before shooting, resulting in blocked shots. Bertie has magic in his feet and always seems to shoot before you expect him to – that’s something we desperately need against top opponents”
“Needs to start against Brentford for me, still lacking a bit of creativity”
“Our best winger who’s actually not injured”
“I’m too old to have favourites. But our Bert is my favourite.”
“My favourite player”
“Our best winger… we’ve missed him”
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