Bruno Lage has insisted he isn’t being influenced by the contract situation of Adama Traore when it comes to picking the team.
The Wolves manager decided to overlook the Spaniard again yesterday against Crystal Palace.
Francisco Trincao was preferred in attack after an improved showing against Everton.
Hwang Hee-chan and Raul Jimenez were on the left and in the middle respectively.
Traore has been seeing fewer minutes for Wolves in recent weeks.
It comes amid continued speculation about his future. It is well documented that Traore’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023.
There has been some talk about him leaving in January. Some fans think it could happen.
Tottenham Hotspur, and a few other clubs, were linked with Traore in the last window.
There has been a feeling that Lage hasn’t been picking Traore in order to focus on the players that will be sticking around.
But the 45-year-old insists the contract situation of Traore plays no part in his thinking.
He said (via Sky Sports): “No, no, no. I don’t know what happened before. But for sure I am 100 percent free to take my decisions and that is my job.
“The personality I have, I don’t accept these kinds of things in my role. One thing is the contract and the other thing is my ideas. If I need him to play and to win games, I will put him in again.”
Lage seemingly favours technical players
Lage has spoken a number of times now about getting players on the ball between the lines.
Traore is not really someone who is going to do that.
His game generally revolves around beating his man and getting to the byline and crossing.
If Lage wants to embed a possession-based style, it is difficult to see Traore fitting.
There is definitely a reasonable chance the 25-year-old will leave in January given his contract situation.