Bertrand Traore ready to prove himself at Aston Villa


Burkina Faso winger Bertrand Traore wants to be amongst the top players in the English Premier League this season.

This comes after the 25-year-old joined English Premier League side Aston Villa on a four-year-deal from French club Olympique Lyon.

This is the winger’s second stint in England having previously played for Chelsea before making a permanent move to Ligue 1 three years ago where he played 125 games scoring 33 goals across all competitions in the French top tier.

The winger was also part of the Lyon side that surprised many last season going all the way to the Semifinals of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in August.

He scored four goals and provided four assists last season as Lyon finished outside of the usual European spots after the Ligue 1 season was immaturely ended due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Villa coach Dean Smith showed a lot joy after securing the speedy winger. “We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen Aston Villa. He is a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options,” Smith told Villa’s official site.

Traore also feels he is up for the challenge of being part of an exciting Villa side who also signed Ollie Watkins this month from Championship side Brentford.

“I’m excited to be back (in the EPL) I always wanted to come back to the Premier League. I had to follow my own way as well and gain some more experience – I think it is the right time to come back,” he told Villa TV.

“I think I’m coming back as a better player with more experience and this is the right place for me to come to – it’s good.

“I played with John Terry at Chelsea so I spoke to him about this move. I also spoke with the manager, the Sporting Director and some players I used to play with (El Ghazi & Nakamba), many things have made me take the decision to come here so I’m happy,” he concluded.

Traore has featured for several clubs across Europe including Chelsea who loaned him out to Ajax Amsterdam and Vitesse before he signed a five-year-deal with Lyon in June 2017.

He joins a few African players at Villa Park including Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta, Zimbabwean international Marvelous Nakamba and Egyptian winger Trezeguet who all joined the club last season.

By Prince Sobayeni

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