Adama Traore says Aston Villa have hope for the future in the shape of their promising Under-21 side.
Traore, who has been out injured in recent weeks, has featured for Kevin MacDonald’s young team and says he has been impressed with some of the rising stars in the academy.
Jack Grealish is probably the most recent graduate through the ranks to make a big impression in the Villa first-team, and Traore says the 20-year-old is not alone in having a bright future in the game.
“I believe Jack is a great player and a good mate as well,” he said. “It is always a pleasure to be able to compete with him and play together again.
“I think they are good players in the Under-21s with great potential to improve through hard work and I am happy to play with them.
“They are young and can get better in many things, just like I can.”
Traore, meanwhile, also admitted it has been difficult watching on as he recovers from injury, as now-relegated Villa have struggled badly in the Premier League week after week.
He added on the club’s website: “I felt sad because I couldn’t help my team-mates. Nobody likes to be at the bottom of the table and I have felt sad because I haven’t been able to contribute to the team.
“It’s been very frustrating watching on and not being able to get out there and make a difference on the pitch with my performances.”