The 25-year-old has found himself in a challenging position in Bruno Lage’s side, as he competes for a spot with both Daniel Podence and Barcelona loanee, Francisco Trincao, meaning he is not guaranteed to be in the starting line-up.
Despite being out of favour for the initial team sheet, the £43k-per-week winger has made 13 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season in all competitions and has been coming off the bench for the side often.
In his 13 appearances this season in both the Premier League and the EFL Cup, Traore has been unable to register a single goal or assist for the side, which will put him even more out of favour in Lage’s team.
Lage has spoken out in-depth about why Traore is struggling to make an impact on his team;
“I would like to see from Adama what he did in the first three games, and what I saw in the last two weeks,” said Lage
“That’s the Adama I want to see in the pitch. I want Adama to be more consistent, not just game by game, but also in the game.”
Despite his inconsistency in selection, Traore has been hailed a “fantastic talent” by ex-Premier League manager, Tim Sherwood.
“No one wants to play against him, and no one wants to play with him on occasions also but he’s so quick and powerful and he’s actually getting his head up a little bit more and delivering crosses and making chances.
“He’s a fantastic talent but he needs an arm around him all the time.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Jeff Shi could really capitalise on cashing in on an underperforming player who is still considered a talent, especially with links to clubs like Liverpool, which would be sure to bring in attractive offers for the Spaniard.
The club and the manager have an important decision to make going forward as this transfer window could be a real opportunity to squeeze a good price out of other clubs for the forward. Wolves are in a fantastic position to sell for an eye-catching price that may well fund Lage’s plans for other key areas of the team that need reinvestment.
Wolves will take on Norwich City away at Carrow Road this weekend, and Lage could use the opportunity against a vulnerable Norwich side, to showcase Traore’s talent to keep clubs interested in the upcoming transfer window.