Remi Garde says Adama Traore is getting close to the Aston Villa first XI but the former Barcelona youngster must work on his “understanding of the game”.
Traore was named on the bench for Saturday’s home clash with Watford, with many Villa fans calling for the 20-year-old to be given a chance by the Premier League’s bottom side.
Garde’s predecessor Tim Sherwood brought Traore to Villa from Barca, where the forward came through the ranks at La Masia. The new boss is happy with the youngster’s progress but insists he still has plenty to learn.
“He’s not so far away, he’s young in his understanding of the game,” Garde said of Traore.
“He played for Barcelona for a long time, that’s probably the best place to learn about collective football.
“But he still needs to work on this area of the game.
“He wants to improve and has done well on training, I’m happy with what he’s doing.”