Wolves’ Adama Traore will be hard to stop if he adds to his game, says Ian Wright

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Former Premier League striker Ian Wright believes Wolves must utilise Adama Traore more to breed success on the right flank, whilst suggesting he also needs to add to his defensive game.

What’s he said?

The 23-year-old has been reborn in a new role this season after his boss Nuno Santo converted him from a winger, and occasional right-sided forward, into a right wing-back and it has undoubtedly paid dividends already.

Traore has assisted three goals in five matches in the Europa League this season but has only managed to start the one Premier League match – against Everton as they were defeated 3-2 last weekend.

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The Arsenal legend had a close eye on the game, where the Spaniard had an indifferent afternoon. He first helped contribute towards Romain Saiss’ goal before he was caught by Alex Iwobi, who headed the home side back in front for 2-1.

Wright said:

“It was interesting to watch someone of that pace, power, and skill playing that position and not getting as much of the ball as he could have got.

“I think if he’s playing there then you’ve got to use him so he can see his ability.

“We saw that when he took on Lucas Digne. He’s one-on-one but his strength and skill means Digne has got no chance of stopping him.

“If they get him sorted in defensive mode, he will be difficult to stop, but I’m not sure how they’re going to do that.”

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Unleash him

Traore attempted more dribbles than anyone else on the pitch against Everton with eight, and even though just 50% were a success, it shows he’s a vital attacking outlet for Santo’s side.

He needs a Premier League run in the side to fully get going as he has done in the Europa League whilst the defensive aspect of his game will only continue to improve the more he is exposed to the role.

If he does find nouse in that area of the pitch it’s hard to disagree that he won’t be hard to stop.

Against Everton, despite conceding three goals, he wasn’t that poor defensively – winning 50% of his four attempted tackles and three aerial duels, as well as picking up an interception, a clearance, and a block, per WhoScored.

As a result, Wright’s comments certainly make sense.

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