Adama Traore hype 'unfair,' says Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has felt the need to play down expectations surrounding new signing Adama Traore.
Villa last week spent £7.1 million to bring the promising teenager from Barcelona to Villa Park, with the final fee potentially rising to £8.6 million if certain clauses are met.
After such an outlay, despite having only played in the Spanish second division, the perception was that Traore would soon be ready to go straight into the first team.
However, Sherwood surprised reporters at his press conference on Friday morning by insisting the 19-year-old was one for the future and it will take time before he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League.
"I have seen a lot of hype surrounding him and I think it is unfair," said Sherwood.
"We need to bat down the expectations of this boy. He is a development project brought in for the future of the club.
"What you have to remember is he is a 19-year-old boy coming from the Segunda division, where he has only played 63 times, so, with respect to that division, it is a massive step up -- miles away from the Premier League.
"I'm not trying to temper expectations, I think it is absolutely right to do so.
"We need to give him a chance. The expectations of the club cannot be on his shoulders, because he is a very young man.
"Hopefully we will see him at some stage this season but for now we really have to cool our jets on him."
Barcelona realise the potential Traore possesses, with the Spanish and European champions having a first refusal option on the winger allowing them to buy him back during his first three years at Villa Park.
Sherwood added: "Like I said, he is one for the future. He is a very exciting talent -- very, very exciting.
"I hope I can make him a player for the now, but there is no guarantee of that. People need to be patient."