Adama Traore has really hit the ground running at Barcelona, creating four goals in all competitions since joining the Catalan giants on-loan – leaving Wolves fans wishing he could have replicated that quality of end product during his time at Molineux.
However, manager Bruno Lage might have already found his natural replacement should the Spanish forward complete a permanent transfer at the end of the season to the La Liga club, in the shape of 22-year-old forward Chiquinho.
After signing from Liga NOS club Estoril for £3m in January, many supporters were understandably sceptical about what a relatively unheard of player from a low-reputation club in Portugal could offer to their first team. But, after impressing at the weekend during a 15-minute cameo against Crystal Palace, the excitement surrounding him is beginning to build.
The Portuguese attacker was deployed on the right-hand side to try and help his team get something out of the game, and he almost scored but for a good save from Palace keeper Vicente Guaita after Daniel Podence slipped his compatriot in through on goal.
“He is a player for the present and a player for the future. These are the kind of players the club should look at.
“We also need some good players for now to build that team we want. The main point is to continue the way we are working and to help the team to improve.”
Last week for the U23’s team, Chiquinho also gave a good audition on why he could replace Traore, demonstrating his lightning pace late on against Reading with a run from the edge of his own box which saw him take on a number of players, before being bundled over in the box.
With the kind of pace and powerful running Adama was known for, should Chiquinho be given more of an opportunity at Wolves, he could represent great value for money, and replace the Spaniard comfortably.