Spain suffered a shock defeat in their most recent UEFA Nations League clash as Viktor Tsygankov came up with a winning goal for Ukraine late into the second half.
Adama Traore played the full 90 minutes after being limited to just 33 in the previous match against Switzerland. The Wolves winger stood out as one of Spain’s better players, but couldn’t make his impressive efforts count. Operating on the right-hand side of Rodrigo – who earned a disappointing Sofascore rating of 6.7 – was perhaps where the performance went wrong from Traore’s point of view. Had he been setting up club teammate Raul Jimenez, the result would have been much different.
The 24-year-old gave an electric performance on Tuesday in terms of creativity on the wing. Traore boasts a rare combination of both speed and strength, which makes him an extremely difficult player to defend against. Even Jurgen Klopp recently branded him as “unplayable” after Liverpool struggled to contain him in the Premier League last season.
According to FotMob, Traore completed the most dribbles in the match with an astonishing nine out of an attempted ten. He also won the most duels with 11, as well as maintaining a 94% passing accuracy. He was right on target with his shooting (100% accuracy) and created three goalscoring chances for his teammates as well.
If the £75million-rated attacker had been accompanied by prolific striker Jimenez, the duo would have dominated Ukraine’s backline. This could be something Nuno Espirito Santo might consider moving forwards. The Portuguese boss has been tweaking Traore’s starting position recently, even experimenting with him at right wing-back.
Formations of either a 3-5-2 or a 5-3-2 have been a popular choice in the Wolves camp, opting to play two central strikers up top rather than having wing options. However, with Traore’s recent impressive international displays, Nuno should surely opt for a tactic which would see Jimenez supported by Traore on the right and either Daniel Podence or rising star Pedro Neto on the left.