Wolverhampton Wanderers are still waiting to name their successor to former boss Bruno Lage, with it having been almost two weeks since the 46-year-old was relieved of his duties by the Midlands outfit.
Any incoming head coach – whether it be Michael Beale, Nuno Espirito Santo or another – will be tasked with reviving the fortunes of an undoubtedly underperforming squad, with the club currently languishing just above the drop zone on nine points from their first ten league games.
One decision that any new appointment will have to make will be that of the future of mercurial talent, Adama Traore, with the Spaniard having been linked with an exit in the near future with just under a year remaining on his existing deal.
The 26-year-old had found himself surplus to requirements under Lage having been allowed to return to former club Barcelona on loan in January, albeit with the Catalan outfit ultimately opting against forking out to trigger the winger’s option-to-buy fee.
His subsequent return to Molineux has seen the eight-cap brute remain somewhat on the periphery in the early weeks of the season, having made just seven Premier League appearances thus far, only two of which came from the start.
Those starts have come in the club’s last two games under the interim charge of Steve Davis and James Collins, with it yet to be seen if Lage’s permanent successor will continue to persist with the undoubtedly “unique” talent, as described by journalist Liam Keen.
The £43k-per-week menace is an asset as a result of his relentless speed and innate dribbling ability – as he notably ranks in the top 1% for dribbles completed among those in his position across Europe’s top five leagues – although far too often as he failed to couple that with quality delivery in the final third.
As one-time England boss Sam Allardyce warned following the explosive winger’s £18m arrival from Middlesbrough back in 2018, Traore has rarely shown the consistency needed to be considered a truly reliable figure for any manager, having recorded a measly tally of just 12 goals and 18 assists in 162 appearances for Wolves in all competitions.
That includes a return of no goals and assists in the top flight so far this term, as well as only one big chance created, with the £13.5m-rated man having so often struggled with regards to his end product, notably scoring just one league goal last season.
Although there were potentially encouraging signs in Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, with the aforementioned Keen praising the wide man for his ability to “take risks”, it was once again the same old story as the 5 foot 10 sensation was unable to deliver the goods when it mattered.
As Keen also stated following that display, Traore is undoubtedly a figure who “makes mistakes” with his final ball on the day having also been “not great”, with it arguably growing tiresome to see the player continue to underwhelm with regards to his goal contributions.
The struggling asset – whose average match rating so far this term of 6.67 is only the 15th-best among the Wolves squad, as per SofaScore – appears to have had his chance to impress at Molineux, with now the time for the new figure in the dugout to ruthlessly let him depart.