Yacouba Sylla

Yacouba Sylla
Date of Birth:
6' 0" (184cm)
12st 8lbs (80.0kg)
Previous Clubs:

Yacouba Sylla has proven to be an essential squad member after an impressive debut campaign in the Barclays Premier League.

Villa snapped up the highly-rated midfielder on the final day of the January 2013 transfer window.

Sylla completed a move from French second division outfit Clermont Foot, signing a three-and-a-half-year-deal.

He became Villa's ninth signing of the 2012-13 campaign, following on from summer arrivals Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi, Matt Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Jordan Bowery, Ashley Westwood, Joe Bennett and Christian Benteke.

His performances in the second half of the term were of the highest quality, showing his all-action style and hunger to win the ball in the middle of the park.

He played eleven times for the team - seven from the start and four from the bench.

His best display came, ironically, in a defeat - starring in the centre during the 2-1 loss to Chelsea on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Born in the √Čtampes region of Paris, Sylla began his career with his hometown club √Čtampes FC.

The defensive midfielder, who has one cap for France U21s, then spent four years with Bretigny - a former club of French internationals Patrice Evra and Jimmy Briand.

Brief stints with Montferrand, Malesherbes and Caen followed before he moved to Clermont Foot.

The 22-year-old broke into the first team in 2010 and was regular from there on.

He played 24 times during the 2011-12 campaign, helping Clermont to fifth place in Ligue 2.

Sylla has been a regular this season too, with 21 appearances to his name prior to completing his Villa move.



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