BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named Adama Traore in his team of the week for his display against Brighton.
Wolves were 1-0 down against the Seagulls when Traore replaced Ruben Neves on 61 minutes.
Lewis Dunk had been sent off and Traore was able to exploit the space left by Brighton’s ten men.
But Crooks did say he doesn’t know why Traore can’t produce performances like that on a consistent basis.
“Timo Werner was in my team of the week on Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon Adama Traore was in,” wrote Crooks.
“[He came] off the bench for Wolves to crush any hopes Brighton had of leaving with a point with a display of explosive pace and power.
“I am at a loss as to why this player has not brought a level of consistency to his game at this stage in his career that would see him scoring more goals and starting more frequently.
“All of Traore’s seven Premier League goals have been scored in the second half, the most of any player to score all of his goals exclusively in the second half of matches.”
Crooks’ critique of Traore is a familiar one. The potential has been there since the start of his career but he hasn’t really put together a full season of performances, goals and assists yet.
He has the pace and skill to be one of the most threatening players in the Premier League if he improves his consistency and end-product.
Traore is 25, which means he does have time to improve. But we aren’t talking about a raw, young winger any more.
Next season, there will again be the onus on him to turn his undoubted ability into game-changing contributions on a regular basis.
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