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Dean Smith must be angry at Johan Lange for his disastrous decision to sign Bertrand Traore for £ 19 million this summer, amid criticism of Aston Villa hero midfielder Gabby Agbonlahor.
What he said?
Talking with Football InsiderAgbonlahor has praised Smith for his decision to favor Conor Hourihane in midfield against West Ham United on Monday night over Traore in place of the injured Ross Barkley.
The Chelsea borrower was forced out of the Villans’ trip to London Stadium after suffering a hamstring strain in the first minute of the previous weekend’s 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion, but is in contention to return for the next Midlands. Derby with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Was Lange wrong to sign Traore this summer?
Yes, it was horrible
Well it just takes time
Hourihane enjoyed 74 minutes on the field before being replaced by Traore when Villa chased down a tying goal, but Smith failed to see the 25-year-old record a single key ball from his nine accurate passes as he completed a dribble attempt and made one shot. before the full-time whistle, by Who scored.
Traore’s lack of creativity helped ensure Villa returned to Birmingham without a point, as he stretched his expect a first Premier League goal for the season and failed to capitalize on his first assist in a 2-1 home loss to Brighton after replacing Barkley.
Agbonlahor believes that Smith made the perfect decision by favoring Hourihane in the starting lineup against West Ham over Traore, as the £ 19 million The summer signing upsets the balance Villa needs in the engine room.
“With Hourihane, he came in and added that balance in midfield with John McGinn. He was a threat on set pieces, he kept the ball well and had a very good game, “said Agbonlahor.
“He added something to that midfield, and it was the better option to add Hourihane than Traore. Traore upsets the balance in that position. “
Traore, the Lange disaster
Agbonlahor criticizing Traore for bringing chaos rather than balance to Aston Villa’s midfield will surely irritate Smith, as Lange’s decision to spend £ 17 million on the Burkina Faso international had no longer returned many reasons for positivity.
Smith hoped that Traore would “really improve our attacking options” when praised the 55 capsules Olympique Lyonnais’s arrival in the summer, describing the former Chelsea player as “a player of immense talent.”
But Villa’s fans have yet to see those words gathered on the field, with his home assist to Brighton Traore’s only appearance on the scoreboard and having just started. one of his seven Appearances in the Premier League so far this season.
Defender Tyrone Mings has also recorded the same number of key passes as Traore (2) in the top flight this period, which is also three fewer than Hourihane, who has played just 72 more minutes to date, for Who scored.
Anwar El Ghazi even ranks just below Traore in successful dribbles with the 25-year-old’s two-on-three, despite playing just 35 minutes the entire season.
Lange will need to see Traore start delivering well above his current production so that his decision to spend large sums on Chelsea’s flop does not seem any more of an absolute disaster than it has so far.
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