Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage has said that he was “very happy” with Adama Traore’s performance off the bench in the 2-1 win against Brentford.
The Spain international winger came off the bench to replace Fabio Silva in the 75th minute when the scoreline was 1-1.
It was only minutes later after Wolves’ number 37 had been introduced that Ruben Neves scored the winner to ensure Lage’s men went into the international break after winning three straight games.
After scoring his first goal of the season in the home game against Southampton, Traore thought he had doubled his goal tally when smashing home a late third against the Bees.
Upon hitting the back of the net, the former Middlesbrough man headed straight over to Lage and the backroom staff. All his teammates joined in the celebrations too, which have been suggested as a sign he could be heading for the exit door.
But following a VAR check the 25-year-old was ruled offside.
Traore remains the subject of heavy speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Traore is seemingly closing in on an exit from Molineux. Fabrizio Romano yesterday reported that Antonio Conte’s side are confident of agreeing a deal soon. Personal terms have been discussed, and Spurs are ‘on it’ according to the journalist.
But despite the uncertainty surrounding Adama Traore’s future, Lage was happy with his cameo against Thomas Frank’s side.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Lage said: “I’m very happy with him and he’s also very happy with us. He played 25 minutes and he brings a lot of energy, scored a third goal for one more time to help finish the game, and you see the way he celebrates.
“He comes to me and we had a hug between us and I’m very happy with him.”
With Wolves now not playing until 5 February, there is every chance that we may have seen the last of Traore, 25, in the black and gold.
But judging by Lage’s comments, he’s going to do all he can to the keep the speed demon in the Black Country.
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