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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce must do all he can to bring Adama Traore back to Villa Park this summer.

The Claret and Blues let the winger join Middlesbrough in 2016 but, with the 22-year-old in a rich vein of form, it’s looking like a decision the Birmingham club will regret.

Traore, 22, has been tearing up defences in the Championship this season and his display in Boro’s 3-0 win against Leeds United showed a level of maturity which had been missing from the Spanish U21 international’s game.

And with Albert Adomah’s career nearing the end, his injury-induced absence in February highlighted an area in the side that needs reinforcing this summer if Villa are going to push on from this season.

Traore has the pace and the power that the club are in need of right now as they have struggled to maintain the form that saw them rocket up to second.

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The lack of speed in the side has become apparent in recent weeks, and the direct style of play Traore has would have been a fantastic outlet against teams they have failed to break down of late.

Against Bolton, they were bereft of ideas and rarely threatened the Lancashire outfit, who stood up to the challenges posed by the Claret and Blues with ease.

Whether Villa are promoted or not this season, Traore is a must in the ranks.

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