Former Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards has suggested Wolves have been stung by their decision to loan out Adama Traore in January.
The club are now in a pretty bad moment.
After losing 3-0 to Brighton, it’s now three losses in a row for Wanderers in the Premier League.
Wolves have failed to score in those three defeats, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a very poor end to what had been a really promising season.
Wolves still have Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to play, and Lage will do well to get any positive results against those sides given how the team is currently playing.
Goalscoring has again become an issue for Wolves.
At the start of 2022, Wanderers had shown a bit more quality in front of goal.
But it has been seriously poor in the final third in recent weeks, and Edwards believes Traore leaving for Barcelona on loan in January has not helped.
He wrote in his latest Express & Star column: “Adama going has hurt the team – I didn’t think it would but they have missed his spark.”
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Wolves have been painful to watch in recent games.
There has been a serious lack of quality in the final third and no invention or ingenuity.
Wolves letting Traore leave the club to join Barcelona on loan in January was a controversial decision to say the least.
A potential sale was understandable given the situation with his contract. But to loan him out and not even secure an obligation to buy was just a bizarre call.
Traore’s goals and assists numbers might not have been the best before his departure.
But he always gives opponents something to fear at least. His unpredictability forces mistakes, and right now it does feel like Wolves are missing him.