Birmingham news Dean Smith gives Bertrand Traore lowdown & details Villa message MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa latest news - The Burkino Faso winger is pushing for his first start against Southampton after scoring in the behind-closed-doors friendly with West Brom in midweek
Breaking News ! Dean Smith admits he's "expecting big things to come" from £17 million summer signing Bertrand Traore. The former Chelsea, Ajax and Lyon forward is yet to start in the Premier League for Aston Villa as he continues to play second-fiddle behind preferred right-winger Trezeguet. Traore, 25, has amassed just 42 minutes of league action to date and, in each of his four substitute appearances, he's replaced Villa's Egyptian in a like-for-like change. Smith, meanwhile, highlighted how Trezeguet - who's started Villa's last 11 Premier League matches - wasn't quite at it against Leeds United last week with Traore now pushing for his first start against Southampton on Sunday. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "He's worked really hard," Smith said of Traore, who scored a speculative strike against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup previously. He's still working daily to get to the levels we want. He's getting there. "Any player who's not playing I hope they're frustrated because they should want to play. He's exactly the same.
. The pleasing thing I've got amongst the group at the moment is they want to get into that team and they're pushing each other, he's one of them as well and I expect big things to come." On Trezeguet continuing to keep Traore out, Smith added: "Trez has been excellent, he was a big plus for us staying in the league last season with his goals and performances. I didn't think he was at his best level against Leeds but he wasn't the only one. I'm sure he'll get back to that level again."
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The head coach was also quizzed on those who continue to wait patiently for their chance - especially after Villa's latest 3-0 defeat. The likes of Conor Hourihane, Marvelous Nakamba and Keinan Davis failed to get on last week, and Smith said: "Nobody's been in to see me but they know me well enough by now if I felt I could have changed it from the bench I would have. "I didn't feel at that moment (vs Leeds) I could change it from the bench which was a credit to Leeds because their intensity was really high. "It would have been difficult for anybody to come on the pitch to go and match that straight away."
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