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Wolves should unleash Adama Traore vs Newcastle

Wolves will be looking to pick up their first three points of the new season when they take on Newcastle United at Molineux on Sunday, and Bruno Lage can give his side a strong chance by unleashing Adama Traore.

The Old Gold have endured a difficult start to the new season, with just one goal and one point in the top flight thus far, with last season’s issues in front of goal seemingly still prevalent.

However, Lage’s side did pick up their first win of the new campaign in midweek as they earned a 2-1 win over Preston North End in the Carabao Cup, with Traore getting on the scoresheet with a superb volley.

Considering Pedro Neto has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, Lage might be better off starting Traore on the wing, as rumours of his potential exit have seemingly died down.

Traore’s pace and power down the right-hand side could cause all sorts of problems for Matt Targett in Newcastle’s defence and if he is on top form, he could be the catalyst for Wolves winning their first league game of the new campaign.

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While the Spain international managed just one goal and no assists in the Premier League last season before his January move to Barcelona, his overall performances ranked him as the second-best player in Wolves’ squad (of those to make at least ten appearances), which suggests that he can still offer Lage a lot this season.

Neto has started the campaign poorly with no goals and no assists in three appearances, so perhaps it is time Lage looked to Traore, who should be in a confident mood after his goal last time out.

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Traore in 2020, hailing qualities that could devastate Newcastle if he’s at the top of his game:

“Traore is pretty much unplayable,” the Liverpool boss began. “I’ve said it a couple of times and it’s still true. He keeps the ball, holds the ball, and sets up goals obviously.”

Newcastle will arrive at Molineux looking to take all three points and having Traore’s game-changing counter-attacking threat on the pitch could definitely swing the game in the home side’s favour, as teams often do not know how to deal with his speed.

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He puts fear in defenders and with Raul Jimenez and Goncalo Guedes also likely to feature in attack, he could occupy Newcastle’s back four and free up more space for the Wolves attackers to benefit from.

Therefore, Lage should hand him a rare start against Eddie Howe’s side, as he could easily inspire the Old Gold to three points if he is at his best.

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