Aston Villa must look to re-sign Wolves star Adama Traore this summer amid Lee Hendrie’s intriguing transfer claim.
According to the Daily Mail, Wolves would be open to offers for the Spain international this summer after setting an asking price of around £70m for him last year.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Hendrie has suggested that Traore could be a real fit at Villa Park given his unique ability, and would suit the way Dean Smith likes to play.
The 43-year-old said: “I feel he would be a good signing, I really do. I just feel that with a wide man that’s got pace and ability and can put a decent delivery into the box, it would suit Dean’s style of play. Now whether or not he’d come to Villa is a bit of a big question, come back to Villa obviously because he was there beforehand.
“Yes, he’d be a great addition with his pace and strength. I feel he’s a player that’s built and got better since coming into the English game so, yeah, I’d have Traore all day in my side because he’s just direct and he is something that I feel would work well for Villa.”
Hailed as “unplayable” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following an impressive display against the Reds in January 2020, Traore also received praise from Graeme Souness, with the Sky Sports pundit saying: “He is now not only a winger anymore, he keeps the ball, holds the ball and sets up goals, obviously. That makes it so difficult, each ball you lose is 100 per cent a counter-attack and half a goal.”
As per WhoScored, his average of 4.2 dribbles per game in the Premier League this season ranks him as the most prolific dribbler in the top flight, while he also ranks in the top six for drawing the most fouls per game at 2.2.
Having an electric player like the £31.5m-rated Traore could be a real game-changer for Smith in giving his Villa side another potent attacking option to go along with the likes of Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins.
While Grealish could weave his magic with his close control and vision, and Watkins can shine with his hard running and finishing, Traore’s sheer pace and power would add a different string to Villa’s bow – and that could be devastating for the rest of the Premier League.