I’m happy to score my first goal – Traore


Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore is happy to have opened his Aston Villa Premier League scoring account in his team’s emphatic 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Traore had his best game in Villa colours since signing for the club a few months ago and notching his first Premier League was cherry on top. It had been a few months since the 25-year-old scored a goal for his new club goal having scored his only goal for them in a cup game against Bristol City in the EFL Cup back in September.

He was instrumental from the start of the game for Villa as he also assisted the first goal of the game which was scored by Anwar El Ghazi. The Burkinabe then scored the second goal to extend Villa’s lead by two goals before El Ghazi later made it 3-0 to seal all three points for Dean Smith’s men from the penalty spot after a foul by Semi Ajayi on Jack Grealish.


Speaking to Villa TV, the former Olympique Lyon man said he is ready to perform. “When I came, I wasn’t fit enough. I worked hard with the staff to get my fitness back and then unfortunately I got injured in my first start. I had to work hard to get back into the team, and now I’m trying hard to do my best and make an impact on the team,” he said. 

“I’m getting there, I’m getting fitter and fitter with each game. I came here to give what I can bring to the team, to grow up as a player and to learn. To get assists and score goals is part of my job here. It was the perfect night for the team. I’m happy to score my first goal for Aston Villa in the Premier League, but the most important thing was the three points,” he added.


Smith’s charges next host a wounded Crystal Palace side on Boxing Day in a potentially explosive game as both teams look to finish the year on a high note.

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