Former Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards has praised Adama Traore following his performance against Bournemouth.
Wanderers fell to a 1-0 defeat against the Cherries, on what was a very disappointing day.
It was a golden opportunity for Wolves to build on their wins over Liverpool and Southampton.
But it was yet another case of Wolves struggling in the final third.
The team had 16 efforts at goal and 40 touches in Bournemouth’s box, but could not find a breakthrough.
Marcus Tavernier got Bournemouth’s goal against the run of play, and Wolves couldn’t then breach their defence.
It was a major opportunity missed, and Julen Lopetegui will need to pick his players up ahead of a tough game with Fulham on Friday.
Against Bournemouth, Adama Traore really caught the eye.
The Spaniard was a handful and looked the most likely player to make something eventually happen for Wolves.
Edwards was very impressed by the 27-year-old, saying (Express & Star): “Adama played really well, the best I’ve seen him play in a long time, and was getting the ball in the box, but there was no-one arriving in the box.”
Lopetegui took Traore off with around 15 minutes to go. It was a decision that left some fans perplexed.
The manager said afterwards that tiredness was a factor, and that he wanted to get the full-backs higher up and play with two strikers.
Edwards believes the substitution was a mistake on Loptegui’s part.
“When the changes did come, Adama then came off and it felt like that’s when the game went for Wolves,” he added.
“If he was fine to continue, then I think it was a mistake bringing him off. Sarabia moved to the right side but Wolves were very narrow.
“It’s easy to see that from up in the stands, but it did feel like a mistake to me. Ultimately, the game was gone before that though when Wolves lost their way.
Adama Traore was fantastic against Bournemouth and his substitution was a real shame, as Dave Edwards questions Lopetegui’s decision
Traore was brilliant against Bournemouth and it’s good to see him playing to a high level.
Recently, he was definitely upped his game, and he does appear to be relishing playing under Lopetegui.
It was a shame to see him go off when he did against Bournemouth.
It was clear their players were terrified of him and the unpredictability he was bringing.
Who knows what might have happened had he stayed on. But Wanderers certainly looked less threatening after he’s gone off.