Date of Birth:29/11/1990
Height:6' 0" (184cm)
Weight:12st 8lbs (80.0kg)
Yacouba Sylla signed for Villa in January 2013.
To date, he has made six starts and seven substitute appearances for Paul Lambert's side.
Sylla started his career with hometown Parisian club Étampes FC before joining nearby club CSF Brétigny, which produced Patrice Evra and Jimmy Briand.
He spent the next four years at regional clubs AS Montferrand, SC Malesherbes and Caen.
In 2009, he signed an amateur contract with Clermont and featured in their reserve team for the following campaign.
He made his professional debut in October 2010 in a league match against Le Mans.
He started in their next seven and his displays attracted interest from Bundesliga outfit Vfb Stuttgart and Italy's Udinese.
Clermont signed Sylla to his first professional contract before he moved to Villa Park.
Although born in France, his heritage means he's also eligible to play for Mali.
Sylla played for France's U21s but was called up for the Malian senior team after impressing in his Premier League games for Villa.
He is currently on a season-long loan at Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor.
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