1. Born and raised in Barcelona to Malian parents, Adama Traore joined the club's illustrious La Masia academy as an 8-year-old.

2. The pacy right-sided winger played his first La Liga game for the Spanish giants aged just 17, replacing Neymar in a 4-0 win over Granada CF at Camp Nou.

3. Three days later he made his debut in the UEFA Champions League, coming on for Cesc Fabregas in a group stage game against AFC Ajax.

4. Adama also played for Barcelona's Under-19 side in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, the youth equivalent of the Champions League in which Boro competed last year. Adama played five times and scored twice as Barcelona won the trophy in 2013-14.

5. Now 20, Adama has represented Spain at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level.

6. The Malian Football Federation has indicated that Adama and his brother, Mohamed, will represent Mali at full international level - though he is yet to make a senior appearance for the African nation.

7. Adama made the move to Aston Villa in August last year, one of 12 players to join the club in that window, for a reported £7million fee. He wore the no. 20 shirt for the Midlands club.

8. He has made just a dozen appearances for The Villans, owing largely to breaking a bone in his foot during the New Year's Day clash at Sunderland last season.

9. The injury was sustained just minutes after Adama had shown a glimpse of his electrifying potential with an assist for Carles Gil's spectacular volley.

10. Adama scored his only goal for Aston Villa in last year's EFL Cup - in a thrilling 5-3 victory against Notts County.

11. Despite it being a difficult season for the winger, Adama did impress fans and club staff during his time at Villa Park. His former manager Tim Sherwood described him as "dynamic, very quick and a maverick-type player," adding that "you never know what he's going to do next," while former First Team Coach Eric Black said that Adama is "one of those who gets you off your seat" and "the quickest player [he has] seen in British football for many years."

12. He is not the only Adama Traore to play professionally - others who share his name are on the books at FC Basel, AS Monaco, Calais RUFC, and Congolese side TP Mazembe.