Adama Traore was living the dream when he secured a loan move back to his first club, Barcelona.
The Wolves winger’s return to Spain acted as a catalyst that kickstarted the rejuvenation of his career and his blazing start to life in Catalonia saw a player who was enjoying his football.
Though that positive start has slowly turned sour and, according to the latest reports, it could get even worse for Adama.
A report from Spanish outlet, Sport, claims that Adama was “very upset after not even warming up against Mallorca.”
The 26-year-old was seen talking to Xavi’s brother after the game against Los Piratas, with Adama visibly upset at his lack of game time.
Sport state that with his impact on the team’s game gradually falling, the La Masia graduate has been affected on an emotional level.
The narrative around Traore’s journey and his quest to get back to Barcelona has been one that has denoted that of football romanticism.
Though, in this chapter – in fact – in this book, it looks as though it is not meant to be for the Spain international with Malian descent.
Back at Wolves, Francisco Trincao has disappointed, to the extent where the Old Gold will most likely allow the Portugal international to return back to parent-club Barcelona and reject the chance to buy the 22-year-old.
With Adama most likely returning from his loan spell, Lage will have the opportunity to start over with an ambitious winger determined to prove Xavi wrong.
The £25.2m-rated winger is unique, not just in build, but in the way he moves the ball.
Despite playing half of the season for Wolves before departing for Barcelona, he registered an average of seven successful dribbles per 90, which to this day is still the highest metric amongst the Wolves squad and the Premier League – bettering Trincao’s total average of three per game – and topping the charts above Allan Saint-Maximin’s second highest average of 4.9 dribbles per game.
After the Trincao experiment failed – he has scored just once in the league – Lage should do everything he can to keep Adama at the Molineux next season and look to get the best out of such a direct, attacking threat.
At this point, the physically adept winger just needs to be nurtured and appreciated.