Sherwood: Traore is not Aston Villa's saviour

Former Barcelona youngster Adama Traore is not the saviour of Aston Villa, Tim Sherwood has warned.

Tim Sherwood has warned Aston Villa fans not to expect too much too soon from Adama Traore, saying he will not be the club's "saviour".

Traore signed a five-year contract at Villa Park on August 14 after the Premier League outfit agreed a €10million fee, which could rise by a further €2m, with Barcelona.

During his time at Camp Nou Traore made only four first-team appearances, but his arrival was welcomed by the Villa supporters excited at seeing the 19-year-old in action.

However, Sherwood has looked to dampen those expectations by labelling Traore as a "development project" and suggesting he may not feature much in 2015-16.

"Traore is fit," said the Villa boss. "He hadn't trained for a week during negotiations. 

"The Premier League is a tough league. Hopefully we'll see him at some stage this season. 

"He's definitely one for the future.

"[But] I don't want people to think he's the saviour of Aston Villa."

Sherwood's side kicked off the season with a 1-0 win at newly promoted Bournemouth, but lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United last Friday.