Adama Traore has undoubtedly been one of the biggest bright sparks of what has been yet another impressive campaign for Wolves.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side currently find themselves in sixth place in the Premier League, and are also still in the Europa League too.
And Traore has been at the heart of everything that has been good for them. As per Transfermarkt, he has scored six goals and provided a further ten assists in 42 games across all competitions, and his explosive style is up there with the very best.
His remarkable average of 5.2 dribbles per game is at the top of the list when it comes to Premier League players this season, and his directness has given Wolves a devastating attacking weapon.
But, with concerns still lingering over his shoulder, it may be time for Nuno to start drawing up contingency plans.
“There are solutions for this injury before an operation. That is what we will try to avoid. There are things our doctor (Matt Perry) is doing to avoid the final situation.” Nuno on Traore potentially needing surgery
And one man who can help resolve the worries surrounding Traore, is January signing, Daniel Podence. The 24-year-old arrived from Greek giants Olympiacos, but has played just four times in the Premier League – and even that has only totalled 42 minutes of action.
Nuno is perhaps understandably trying to ease the new arrival into English football, and giving him short run-outs here and there can help him adjust to the pace and intensity of the game. But with the very real possibility that Traore could find himself looking at an extended period on the side-lines if he does indeed have to get surgery, the Wolves boss must surely unleash Podence.
The time has come for the Portuguese ace to be given a proper chance in this Wolves team, and that added pressure of having to fill Traore’s shoes, may be the motivation that he needs. The last thing Nuno needs is for his star man to be injured, and his replacement not to be ready to come in.
He can solve that immediately by throwing Podence into the deep end, and watching him potentially shine would go a long way to addressing any fears that Wolves would be incredibly weaker without Traore in the side.