Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traoré is expected to travel with the squad for their upcoming Premier League fixture at Brentford, despite heavy interest from top-flight rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage has revealed the latest information on Traoré’s future amid speculation of a move to north London, confirming: “My attention and focus is every time on the next game and I don’t think about if Adama stays with us or not. For now, he’s with us so I’m preparing the game with him.”
The Portuguese added: “We have a top player with us, a lovely guy. Sometimes it’s about business. I remember how much Tottenham protected Harry Kane at the beginning of the season.
“And we will protect our player because we believe a lot in Adama. That is business. It’s not my concern. But I will protect my players. The way they work, the value for me is very high.
“I don’t see any difference in his behaviour, his mentality, the way he works. So I’m happy with him. He continues to be the same player.
“He just has one more year left. The club talk with him and he talks with them and they will decide the future. I’m happy with him, it’s the only thing I can say. He’s focused, he’s ready.”
Adama Traoré can be a Jekyll and Hyde at times but, ultimately, is a player Wolves should aim to keep this window. Granted, the Spaniard has previously been subject to criticism, notably being labelled “the worst five-a-side player you’ve ever seen” by former manager Tim Sherwood, but there is a reason a club as big as Tottenham are interested in the 25-year-old.
Traoré’s unique combination of significant pace and physicality makes him a nightmare to defend against, a major weapon in Wolves’ arsenal, particularly to introduce late in a game that is hanging in the balance.
Moreover, quality from out wide has been lacking at times for the West Midlands outfit this season. Lage’s side are the Premier League’s third-lowest scorers, despite sitting comfortably in eighth, with 17 goals in 20 games; the strength of their defence has proven to be a major contribution.
However, the balance of getting results through rarely scoring but keeping plenty of clean sheets surely can’t be sustainable and the Portuguese manager will have to find a solution for their goal-scoring woes, meaning that keeping all of his offensive players for the remainder of the season is a must.
Furthermore, that league goal came last time out against Southampton, which could potentially act as a catalyst for a run of good form which would certainly make the Black Country club reluctant to sell Traoré this window.
It’s exactly why Lage’s update on Traore is sure to have Wolves fans buzzing.