Exclusive: Agbonlahor delivers Bertrand Traore verdict after embarrassing details emerge
Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed there is still more to come from Aston Villa winger Bertrand Traore after his embarrassing stats last time out.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the legendary former Villa striker suggested the 25-year-old was “quiet” against Manchester United on Friday night despite scoring their only goal in a 2-1 loss.
Traore has now scored three goals in his last four Premier League games after being handed an opportunity by Trezeguet’s injury.
The Burkina Faso international moved to the Midlands giants from Lyon for a reported £17million fee in September.
He struggled to make an impression on arrival after struggling with injury but has now started Villa’s last six games.
At Old Trafford, Traore had a limited impact on the game and was substituted after 79 minutes despite scoring.
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According to FBref, he completed the fewest passes and touched the ball fewer times than any other Villa starter.
“He was quite quiet in the game and then he finishes that chance,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“I still feel like there’s more to come from him. I feel like he’s still getting up to match sharpness and he’s showing now the reason why Aston Villa paid the money for him.
“He’s very talented and you just want to see it consistently now so the next time he plays you want to see him do it again.”
Traore, a product of the Chelsea academy, moved to Villa after playing over 150 times with Lyon across a three-year spell.
He also enjoyed loan spells at Ajax and Vitesse Arnhem whilst he was a Chelsea player.