Wolverhampton Wanderers have another Adama Traore within their academy ranks.
The 22-year-old is not a product of the Wolves Academy, but finds himself playing with the U23’s as he looks to adapt to the English game – having transferred from Portuguese top division side Estoril in January this year.
By the sounds of it, the Portuguese youth international will not be with the academy side for long, with multiple journalists waxing lyrical over his performances recently.
The Athletic Journalist Tim Spiers cannot speak highly enough having described Chiquinho as a “ridiculous talent.”
“There are similarities (Chiquinho can’t finish either), he’s still very raw and chases the ball a bit, but ultimately will be a more well-rounded player I think with less explosiveness. From what I’ve seen in the last few months he’s a pretty ridiculous talent.”
Whilst his talent, according to Spiers is clear, it’s fair to say that Chiquinho is still finding his feet in England.
Though Lage clearly rates the youngster, having given him five Premier League cameos since his arrival in January, with Chiquinho paying the Wolves boss back with one assist in his eight-minute appearance against Watford.
Whilst the Old Gold faithful will need to show patience towards the £2.3m-rated talent as he continues his development, his impact in the Wolves side may arrive sooner rather than later.
In Chiquinho, we are talking about a talent who has 15 games worth of experience in Portugal’s top division, having notched up six goal contributions in the form of three goals and three assists during this time.
His talent may be raw, but he is at a greater developmental stage than most players his age.
With Francisco Trincao’s loan deal expiring at the end of the season, we may see more of the new Traore next campaign.