Wolverhampton Wanderers could be heading for a transfer blunder over one of their players with the transfer window closing in only a few days’ time.
The Sun journalist Tom Barclay was speaking to GIVEMESPORT about interest from Tottenham in Wolves winger Adama Traore, saying:
“Traore is a player they’ve [Spurs] liked for a long time, although his stock feels like it has fallen a little bit. It didn’t work out at Barcelona, and he can’t get in the Wolves team.
“Whether Conte would look at him and think ‘I could make him into a wing-back’. He would offer something different with that raw pace, so I could see why that might be attractive.”
With fellow winger Pedro Neto being linked with a move away from the club, with Arsenal reportedly interested, Bruno Lage won’t want to lose two forward options without time to bring a replacement in.
Wolves’ lack of a goalscoring threat has been evident, not only this season having netted just four goals in four matches, but also the whole of last year’s Premier League campaign where they only scored 38 times.
Traore spent the second half of last season on loan at Barcelona, registering four assists in his first three matches, displaying his talent on the biggest stage.
The £43k-per-week speedster soon lost his form, failing to score while in Spain, and the La Liga giants ended up deciding not to purchase the player as he came back to England ahead of the new season.
Despite only producing four assists and scoring once during the whole of last season, he did display some evidence that he was working hard to make things happen for his respective teams.
Compared to positional peers in the big five leagues over the previous year, Traore ranks in the 96th percentile for progressive carries (10.12 per match) and in the 99th percentile for dribbles completed (5.28 per match). That is hardly a surprise but it shows just what he can offer to Wolves when he’s in form.
With Tottenham clearly interested in the player, Lage will need to make sure he remains at Molineux as he can still provide a positive threat for this stagnant Wolves attack.
The 26-year-old uses his brute strength and raw pace to power past defenders and this is what sometimes makes him “unplayable” according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
There should still be a place for Traore in the Wolves’ side, and with two points from four league matches, they need him to give them a jolt into life, otherwise, it could be a season of sitting in the bottom half of the Premier League for Lage and his team.