Traore “we want more ay”
With the most recent weekend’s performance against Cardiff it seems some of the supporters and sceptics have been left pondering about Adama’s true ability and some are now asking for him to become more an integral part of the team.
Bad Press “sackable player
Its been claimed that Adama Traore is a ‘sacking player’ after his initial move to Wolves. Former England manager Sam Allardyce was sceptical about Adama Traore’s ability to make a significant impact at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The now 23-year-old Spanish winger completed his £18m move to Wolves in August 2018 signing a five-year contract with the club. But Allardyce, speaking on talkSPORT last year, expressed doubts about the wideman’s consistency. He’s what we call a ‘sacking player’ because the fans will love him, but the manager will not see it often enough, Allardyce warned. If he delivers consistently, he’s a hell of a player, but his inconsistency has always been a concern.
Despite his age, Traore has been the subject of three big money moves. He joined Aston Villa just over three years ago from Barcelona in a £7m switch. Then 12 months later, Boro paid relegated Villa a similar fee for the then 20-year-old. He did enjoy the occasional eye-catching cameo under Aitor Karanka and Garry Monk but lacked consistency until Pulis took him under his wing. Traore became a fans’ favourite at the Riverside following several scintillating displays under Tony Pulis’s sensitive management. The big issue players will always be judged on the size of the money paid, and if the fans turn around and say after a few games ‘he’s a waste of money, what did we buy him for? it creates uncertainty for the player.
An Olympic sprinter Once told Traore he needed to slow down – his response was, I was born fast. It does not take long watching Adama Traore to understand why he earned the nickname ‘Usain Bolt’ during his formative years in Barcelona’s La Masia academy. This is, after all, a player so fast that Olympic sprinting champion Darren Campbell – a consultant during his spell at Middlesbrough – once advised him to slow down, and who now regularly clocks up speeds of 22mph at Wolves. Bolt’s record was 27.8mph, but he never did so while dribbling a football and doing his best to evade the lunging tackles of backpedalling defenders. Adama’s performances at Middlesbrough last season were so effective that after his sale, comedian and lifelong supporter Bob Mortimer tweeted: “Such a sad day. Extraordinary talent the likes of which I have never seen in 50 years. Wolves fans you are lucky, lucky b——-.”
The 23-year-old has already made an impact under Nuno Espirito Santo since his arrival in August, establishing his reputation as a thrilling wildcard option on the bench to attack tiring full-backs. Eleven of his 16 appearances have been as a substitute, and many of his cameos late in games have been destructive, yet he has told Wolves fans there is far more to come.
RUN, FORREST, RUN!
Adama Traore’s dribbling stats are so ridiculous they sound fake… but they’re not.
Traore’s stats are so absurd, any normal person would be right to question their legitimacy. Last season, he completed 243 successful dribbles — 108 more than anyone else. Most people agree than Lionel Messi is the best dribbler in the world, perhaps the best of all time. Barcelona’s No10 completed 185 dribbles in the league last season — 58 shy of Traore. His unique dribbling ability make him a match-winner at any level. And he’s genuinely one of the most entertaining players to watch in the world. However the main criticism of him is that he lacks awareness and struggles to achieve the end product. Too often he makes the wrong decision in the final third, having left three defenders in the dirt to create an opening.
Adama was able to showcase his ‘attributes’ against Cardiff City on Saturday as the forward was used as a right wing-back by Nuno in the first half of the 2-0 victory. Whether Traore plays on the wing, as a wing-back, or as a striker, he is out to do his best to impress whatever the position. Playing him the first half as wing-back brought out his qualities and demonstrated the speed and skills he can offer. It’s been a while since he last started in a game, although I am sure he has much more to offer over the games ahead.
Against Cardiff Traore came off the pitch to a standing ovation after an action-packed performance in both the defensive and attacking side of the game.
Things to take away
One thing is for sure Love him or Loathe him, unless we give Traore the opportunities he has no way of excelling and demonstrating his true ability. However Nuno has already been quite vocal in the fact that Traore must get better, Of course he has good things about him and he has given us good moments but he has to be consistent through all the performances. This is something Nuno is really focused on because he truly believes in what he can deliver for the team. He brings an element of speed, unpredictability, quality and at the same time he must improve in all the aspects of the game.
In Nuno We must trust!!