In Focus: Traore has the attributes to add an edge to West Ham attack

As reported by The Teesside Gazette, West Ham United are set to test Middlesbrough’s desire to hold onto Adama Traore this summer.

What’s the story?

One of the big drawbacks of being relegated to the English Championship from the top-flight is the clubs left in the Premier League taking advantage of your misfortune and circling around your best players.

That’s the situation Middlesbrough find themselves right now with West Ham United set to lodge an £8m bid for winger Adama Traore this summer. That’s according to The Teesside Gazette anyway, who say Slaven Bilic is keen to add his pace to the Hammers attack.

Is he the kind of player West Ham should be moving for this summer?

What does he offer?

Potential is perhaps the biggest thing Traore offers. Still just 21, he gained a football education at the famous La Masia academy in Barcelona.

Last season he showed great ability in flashes but failed to put together the kind of consistency that could prevent Boro making the drop from the English Premier League.

He completed 135 dribbles in total across the campaign, demonstrating he can beat men one-on-one and if Slaven Bilic can harness that raw ability then West Ham could have a very fine player on their hands.

His lack of goals or assists is of course a real problem but with his whole career ahead of him, the reported £8m fee required to bring him to the London Stadium feels like a gamble worth taking.