Yannick Bolasie has the quality to bamboozle Championship defences but has not been fully fit yet since his loan arrival from Everton under Steve Bruce.
The tricky winger has had to battle back from a long-term injury but will hope that Dean Smith can offer him the regular gametime he needs in order to get his sharpness back.
The array of attacking options available to Smith, as well as the aforementioned lack of fitness, has seen Bolasie struggle to force his way into the Villa side in recent weeks, but the manager appears to have offered him a boost with his recent comments.
Speaking about Bolasie’s first-team prospects, Smith said: “I am really pleased with how he’s responded. I thought he was a real threat when he came on against Bolton.
“He looked powerful. He looked quick. He looked strong. He looked a bag full of tricks. That’s what I remember of him. He did that when he came off the bench against QPR, too. It’s pleasing we have someone of that quality who’s getting better and better.”
In truth, it’s a choice between Bolasie and Albert Adomah out on that right wing for Villa. Adomah enjoyed an impressive last season, but that was from the left, and on pure talent alone, Bolasie is better.
Smith’s latest comments should encourage the Everton loanee that he shares that view as well.