Aston Villa new signing Adama Traore hasn’t even played 90 minutes worth of football for his new club, but after impressing in his two performances so far, the media are already trying to wind-up Aston Villa supporters with click-bait headlines. Is this a taster of what is to come every transfer window, ala Christian Benteke? It’s boring already…

Daily Star – Chisanga Malata

Headline:

Aston Villa’s Adama Traore discusses shock exit

Spiel:

ASTON VILLA new-boy Adama Traore has revealed he one day wants to return to Barcelona.

Barca have inserted a three-year buy-back clause into the 19-year-old’s contract and are keeping a close eye on his progress.

And the La Masia graduate has admitted he is eager to return to the Nou Camp.

“I didn’t talk to Luis Enrique [before leaving]. I only saw he didn’t count on me,” he said.

“There are things you have to accept and I have to continue to develop. It was time to go.

“Returning? Nothing is impossible. There are spectacular players at Barca. If I get the opportunity to return I will make the most of it. Now is the time to prepare for that if it comes.

“There’s a lot of work to do. I have a lot to learn but I’m happy to make [the Villa fans] happy.

“It was a bad time at Barca B. There were mistakes that have to be learned from. It was a young team but we have to learn for our career.”

Evaluation

1. ‘Aston Villa’s Adama Traore discusses shock exit’…what? Has he left already? F**k me, Barcelona acted on their buy-back clause rather swiftly! Come on Daily Star, this is shonky. This headline infers Traore has a) gone or b) if due to go earlier than expected.

2. He doesn’t exactly seem as eager as the article is making out to return to Barcelona. He says “it was a bad time at Barca B”, that he has a lot to learn and also that he didn’t even speak to Luis Enrique before leaving and suggests he wasn’t part of the Barcelona boss’s plans going forward.

3. This quote about Enrique is actually the most interesting and insightful thing about this article (or wind-up Villa fan spin). It now seems Barcelona only put in the buy-back clause as a back-up rather than it being a case of sending him to Villa for further development, as if he was on loan. The Villa winger definitely makes out that Enrique didn’t fancy him, so as long as Enrique stays Barca boss, you’d have to say the coast is clear on keeping Traore. It’s an encouraging sign.

Media Muppet Rating: 9/10

PS – Still can’t believe some blogs, football websites and papers and still running with this transfer link that we covered in Media Muppets almost two weeks ago – 20m rated defender.

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