Yacouba Sylla has no regrets over his move to Aston Villa.
Signed from French second division club Clermont Foot in January last year, he saw plenty of action towards the end of last season but so far this time has been restricted to half-a-dozen starts and seven substitute appearances.
He told Villa's website: "It can be frustrating when you are sitting on the bench because any footballer would prefer to be playing. But it's important to maintain my concentration because when the gaffer asks me to play, I need to be ready.
"It's difficult for me because we have such quality players in my position.
"Fabian Delph is having a great season, and Ashley Westwood and Karim El Ahmadi are also very good players. Competition is essential for any team.
"I'm sad when I don't play but I'm aware that football is now a squad game rather than just a team game. Hopefully I will be more involved next season."
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