Last season was a tale of doom and gloom for Wolves as they ended up finishing 13th in the table.
It ended their run of consecutive top half results and this term has hardly started in better fashion.
No points and zero goals tell a sorry tale of their campaign to date but the Old Gold have actually played well, especially when it comes to creating goal-scoring chances.
One of Bruno Lage’s biggest tasks since entering the Midlands was to keep hold of the club’s star players.
Ruben Neves had attracted the interest of some top teams in the Premier League while Adama Traore has regularly been linked with the exit door.
News emerged this week that Tottenham were lining up a move for the Spaniard that would be an initial loan move with a view to making it permanent next summer.
However, in a boost to Wolves, it looks as though Traore will be staying put.
That’s according to the manager who was upbeat about their chances of keeping him on Tuesday.
Via Tim Spiers, Lage commented the following after being asked whether he’d stay: “Yes I think so.”
If you focus on Traore’s goalscoring record then you’d take the money and run.
He scored just twice last season and is yet to find the net this term either. In fact, his end product has been severely lacking in 2021/22 so far.
The flying winger spurned a wonderful opportunity to score against Leicester and then missed a simple chance versus Spurs as well. After being set free by Ruben Neves, Traore had the goal at his mercy but stuck his attempt straight at Hugo Lloris.
If Traore could score goals on a regular basis then he’d be an elite player.
After all, this is an individual with remarkable pace and scintillating dribbling. In his opening two matches of the campaign, he’s recorded a whopping ten dribbles per game.
Furthermore, he was the top-performing player for the statistic in the entire league last season. Traore was successful with 153 dribbles at a rate of 4.1 per match.
Although his end product leaves a lot to be desired, he’s a player who can change the course of a game in an instant.
Consequently, holding onto him beyond this summer is of utmost importance. Supporters will surely be delighted if they continue to watch him in action at Molineux.