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Wolves’ Adama Traore is proving to have a Diogo Jota-like impact this season

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets… 

Wolverhampton Wanderers are just starting to finally find their feet in the Premier League as the country’s top two tiers embark on a two-week hiatus for international duty.

Their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend saw them rise to eighth in the league, just one place behind where they finished last season, so their recent exploits have certainly gone under the radar.

After enduring a slow start, Wolves are now in the top half for the first time since the opening day, though some of their shortfalls can be attributed to having to deal with a rigorous Europa League qualification campaign.

Now they have one foot in the knockout stages of the competition.

Much of last season was pinned on the partnership of striker Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, the pair contributed to 34 of their 47 league goals.

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But while the Mexican has continued his rich vein of form, bagging 13 in all competitions so far, his Portuguese teammate has struggled to make the same impact, scoring just once in the league.

Another player has stepped up to the plate, however.

Adama Traore has always been a marmite figure amongst fans at Molineux, epitomised in his transition from last season where he was blasted against Southampton to now being lauded for netting a brace against the reigning champions Manchester City.

He’s also provided five assists in all competitions, which is the number Jota recorded in the top-flight last term.

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Per WhoScored, Traore is also managing an average of 3.6 dribbles and 1.1 key passes per game, making him one of Wolves’ most threatening attacking outlets.

The Spaniard also provided the assist for Jimenez’s winner on Sunday against Villa, which could go to show that he been forming a new partnership up top, certainly in the void of the Portuguese forward.

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