In an interview with Wolves Bite, former Molineux striker George Ndah has compared Adama Traore to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, giving his assessment of the Spaniard’s time in the Midlands so far.
Adama Traore arrived from Middlesbrough last summer for a pretty hefty fee of £18m but hasn’t really been able to establish himself in the Wolves side yet.
With Nuno Santo playing a system that doesn’t favour wingers, he’s either been left to play as a wing back or slightly behind Raul Jimenez.
It’s been detrimental for the former Barcelona man who has started just eight times in the league so far this term.
Alongside that, he’s scored only once in what has largely been a disappointing campaign for the winger.
However, in an interview with Wolves Bite, one of the club’s former strikers, Ndah, has compared the enigmatic player to Zaha, urging supporters to be patient with the 23-year-old.
The ex-footballer who played for Wolves between 1999 and 2006 revealed the following:
“In time, he will find his pace. It’s a bit like Wilfried Zaha. Zaha is not as quick as Traore, but when he was younger, he was very inconsistent.
“But now he’s mature, he’s got that end product and now he’s putting consistent performances together.
“That will happen with Adama so I urge the Wolves fans to be patient because he’s a fantastic talent and I’m sure he will fulfil his potential at Wolves.”
To compare a proven Premier League player to someone who can rarely seem to get a game in the top flight is quite a statement, especially when you consider the impact Zaha is having for Palace each week.
Having come through Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth academy he’s clearly got the pedigree but he’s yet to show much indication of why he was there.
Traore is blessed with blistering pace and that can make him a nuisance for any defence. But until he finds end product at the high level he’ll continue to struggle.
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Therefore his numbers clearly don’t reflect the fee Wolves paid for him last summer and given the system the club plays, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him pack his bags.