Adama Traore was in excellent form once again despite Wolves’ disappointing 2-1 defeat to Watford on Wednesday.
A resurgent Hornets side collected all three points at Vicarage Road, leaving them just two points off safety.
Goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Abdoulaye Doucoure proved decisive despite Pedro Neto’s second-half strike.
Traore, though, stood out once again.
The winger has been superb in recent weeks, scoring against Tottenham Hotspur on December 12th and also netting once and providing an assist against Manchester City on the 27th.
Per WhoScored, he had 66 touches of the ball and completed a staggering 15 dribbles. The next-highest player with number was three, by virtue of Deulofeu.
Traore also registered two key passes and was a constant thorn in the side of Pearson’s team.
His performance warranted an 8.6 rating from WhoScored, higher than any other Wolves player on the pitch, and he will be out to continue this vein of form throughout 2020; Nuno Espirito Santo’s side face Manchester United in the FA Cup this weekend before league clashes with Newcastle United and Southampton.
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Traore has added an end product to his exceptional dribbling ability.
The former Barcelona man has all the physicality needed to trouble defenders – he could well be a boxer or a weightlifter given the muscles he boasts – and he has allied to it a cutting edge.
His two key passes are a testament to that; only Joao Moutinho had more on the Wolves team.
In his last five games, he has registered a total of 10 key passes and 43 dribbles.
Those are astonishing numbers and suggest he is becoming one of the very best in England in his position.
In fact, he averages the most dribbles per game of any Premier League player and of the wingers to have scored more than his four Premier League goals this season, all but one – Richarlison, who has actually spent some of the season up front – play for one of the big six clubs.
If he can continue in this vein, he will see out the season as one of the most feared forwards in the division.