Conor Coady has hailed Adama Traore, after the winger finally grabbed his first goal of the season for Wolves.
The Spaniard bagged in injury-time in the 3-1 win over Southampton to secure Wanderers three more points at Molineux.
Traore didn’t start the game, with Bruno Lage preferring Francisco Trincao on the right side.
It was a decent display from the on-loan Barcelona man, who made for Traore with around 15 minutes to go.
James Ward-Prowse’s stunning free-kick set up a nervy finish, but Traore – having missed a golden chance just moments before – put the result beyond doubt when he beat the offside trap, took on Mohammed Salisu and finished with his left foot across Fraser Forster.
It was a great finish, and Coady piled on the praise after the game.
He said (via Wolves official website): “I was happier for him than I was for myself. He deserves everything he gets and deserves that goal. We can’t explain how hard he works in training. He’s one of the most hardest working players and people I’ve ever met in my life.
“I don’t think there’s any footballer like him in the world. His power, his aggression, the way he runs, how quick he is, I don’t think there’s anyone like him, and it’s an absolute pleasure to have him here because when he plays like he did today, he’s unplayable.”
The goal came amid heavy speculation that Traore could leave Wolves this month.
Tottenham Hotspur want him, and there has also been talk of Chelsea potentially coming in for him.
Lage has not hidden the fact he wants to hold onto the star, and said before Sunday’s game that there hasn’t yet been any bids for him.
Adama Traore finally shows the brilliance we all know he’s capable of
It was great to see Traore finally getting off the mark on Sunday.
He has been a bit wasteful this season, but he has also been really unlucky at times, too.
He’ll have been mightily relieved to score, having blasted an effort over against just before.
Who knows whether he will still be a Wolves player in a few weeks’ time. But Coady is spot on – Traore is totally unique, and it would be a real shame if he did go. The situation with his contract, though, surely dictates that Wolves should sell.