He’s strong, fast, talented, and has been well-known in football for years. However, Adama Traore’s lack of end product has been his downfall – until now.
Prior to this season, Adama Traore, who currently plays for Wolves, had played in 3 Premier League campaigns – 1 with Wolves last season, 1 with Middlesbrough in 2016-17, and another with Aston Villa in 2015-16. In total across those 3 seasons, he featured in 66 matches, and scored just 1 goal and provided just 3 assists.
Despite having a successful Championship campaign in the middle of those 3 seasons where he had 5 goals and 10 assists, he was never able to translate it to the top flight – until now.
Adama Traore has blossomed into a crucial player for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season, and he seems to finally be bringing the end product to his game that had been missing for so long. In hindsight, that truly was the main thing that was missing. He is blazing fast, ridiculously strong, and is always looking to make positive passes and runs – he just wasn’t able to score goals.
Now, he is scoring and assisting goals frequently, and against some of the best sides in the Premier League as well. His goal and assist against Manchester City on Friday gave Wolves a platform to win the game, and he scored twice in the reverse fixture against Pep Guardiola’s side back in early October as well.
Traore has also been impressive for Wolves in the Europa League, as they punched their ticket into the Round of 32 as Group K runners-up.
Wolves currently sit 7th in the Premier League, with a match in hand over the 2 sides directly above them in Spurs and Manchester United. However, that match in hand comes against Liverpool on Sunday.
Adama Traore’s improved form and increased final-third production have given Wolves a new dimension in their game, allowing them to rely a little bit less on Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez to produce the magic on the scoresheet. At just 23, the fact that he has added a new dimension to his game means that he will likely hit a new level soon, and perhaps attract some interest from even bigger clubs.