Unai Emery backs £17m returning Aston Villa star to be a big success – ‘I am sure about his quality’

Date published: Friday 3rd February 2023 4:29 - News Desk

Unai Emery during a match

Head coach Unai Emery is convinced that Bertrand Traore can still be a big hit for Aston Villa following the winger’s return from a loan spell in Turkey.

The attacker was recalled from his loan spell at Istanbul Basaksehir last week and he will link up with Aston Villa’s squad next week.

Traore joined Aston Villa for £17m from Ligue 1 side Lyon and has started just 30 times for the Premier League club in around two-and-a-half years.

However, Emery is confident the 27-year-old still has a big future at Villa Park.

“I am sure about his quality and how much he can help us from now until the end of the season,” said Emery.

“We were following some players and analysing if they are better than the players we have or better than the possibility to have Bertrand Traore back again.

“We decided that if we don’t have a possibility to sign a player who can improve our squad, improve our wingers, then we were sure – don’t do it.

“At the end of the transfer window, I am so happy because I think we have players with big commitment and showing us good performances.”

John McGinn is fit again but Diego Carlos is out, despite closing in on a return from an Achilles injury, and Lucas Digne has trained after a shoulder injury.

“This season Leicester started with a bit more doubt with their results, but they have a very good coach (Brendan Rodgers). He’s shown in the past, and he will show again, his capacity,” said Emery.

“They have very good players but maybe they are in a moment where they don’t feel 100 per cent confident.

“In 90 minutes they play very good matches and they can have very good performances individually.

“We are playing at home and we need points because we can get into the top 10. I respect Leicester a lot, I respect the players, I respect the coach.”

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