Wolves manager Bruno Lage has admitted that Adama Traore could be involved in his plans for next season once the winger returns to the Premier League club after his unsuccessful loan spell at Barcelona.
As per Birmingham Live, the Old Gold manager has revealed that he will open the door for the Spaniard to return to his squad next term.
The 46-year-old said of Traore: “I don’t have any problem with him, he’s a good professional. It’s about him. There are a lot of things in question and we need to understand what is best for the club and what is best for the player.
“If he starts the season with us, it’s one more player. He would need to work hard and I am here to help him to be better.”
The more likely scenario is that the 26-year-old moves on, with just one year remaining on his current contract at Molineux whilst rejecting past extension offers.
However, it would be an unlikely turnaround for Traore if he were to be reintegrated into Lage’s squad.
It is no secret that Wolves have struggled for goals this term, with Lage’s side the Premier League’s fourth-lowest scorers with just 36 goals in as many matches.
Adding to their front line will undoubtedly be a priority, with a lack of goals in all probability costing the West Midlands club a European place, but the return of Traore could be timely.
Regardless of whether or not the Spaniard will be reintegrated into Lage’s squad for next season, the winger will depart Molineux for less than the fee for which he arrived.
Having joined from Middlesbrough in 2018 for £18m, the £46k-per-week dynamo will either leave this summer for a cut-price fee given the one year remaining on his contract or else depart for free next year.
However, since Traore’s departure for Barcelona, Lage’s men have lost 10 of their 16 matches, which suggests that the Spaniard’s presence certainly makes a difference.
Hailed as “unplayable” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Traore’s return will provide little risk for Wolves.
The winger can either leave for a cut-price fee or return to the squad for a season and leave for free. Either way, Lage certainly seems to want him at Molineux and would surely welcome the winger back with open arms to try and add a fresh impetus to an attack which needs it.