Dean Smith believes Bertrand Traore’s arrival is another building block in turning Aston Villa into a high-quality outfit. Traore will make his Villa debut in Thursday’s third-round Carabao Cup tie at Bristol City following his move from Lyon for a reported fee of £17million. The 25-year-old made only four Premier League starts before leaving Chelsea in 2017, but he flourished in France and his addition boosts Villa’s attacking options further after the arrival of club-record signing Ollie Watkins.
Mikel Arteta's side breezed past Newcastle 3-0 on Monday at the Emirates Stadium and are now in the top half of the standings.
The Argentine is currently in isolation and will have to complete a negative coronavirus test before Wednesday in order to feature