Speaking about the player on Football Daily, podcaster Zac Djellab said:
“He is a special player, he’s a guy that if [Lage] can get working in the right way, can really, really help [Wolves] out.
“Going and sending him on loan in January shows to me that Bruno Lage was like, I don’t want him.
“It doesn’t look like he’s going to be leaving, and so maybe he tries and gets a system where he can fit in and make it work.”
Given Traore’s impressive performances for Wolves in the past, it was surprising to see him sent out on loan in January, but with Barcelona not exercising the option to buy him permanently, it looks like he’s staying.
If that’s the case, then Lage must unleash him as he could help Wolves climb up the table and get closer to qualifying for Europe.
In 154 appearances for the Old Gold, Traore has been directly involved in 29 goals. It may not seem a huge amount but he’s put in some great performances in that time and can provide great competition.
If you compare him to his teammate at Molineux Daniel Podence last season, there’s very little difference in quality. They both played a similar amount of games in the last campaign – with Traore performing better in many categories.
He deserves a second chance, and at £46k-per-week Lage might as well use him, and Wolves can save millions by not buying someone else.
Ultimately Lage should see him as an asset with his best years yet to come, and he should offer him a new deal before they lose him for free next summer.