Steve Davis must determine who plays as a striker for Wolves this weekend after Diego Costa picked up a red card against Brentford – and Dave Edwards has wondered if Adama Traore could be up to the job.
Wanderers are looking to build on a decent performance in the 1-1 draw with the Bees.
While it wasn’t three points, Wolves did show a lot more fight than in recent weeks, and showed good character to come from behind.
The big blemish was Costa getting himself sent off.
The 34-year-old couldn’t stop himself reacting to Ben Mee, and referee Bobby Madley had no choice but to dismiss him for violent conduct after a VAR intervention.
Davis now has to weigh up who plays in his place against Brighton this weekend.
The obvious options are Goncalo Guedes and Hwang Hee-chan, both of whom have experience of playing centrally.
But neither are in good form, and former Molineux midfielder Edwards believes Traore could be worth considering.
He said (via Express & Star): “They played Daniel Podence as a false nine earlier in the season, but it did not work. They have so many wingers in and around the squad who are similar.
“Could you put Adama Traore up there? I feel he may need someone else up there with him. I imagine they will go with Podence if he is available, but it is not ideal, and you lose any kind of physical presence up front.”
Traore has been used exclusively on the right this season.
But in previous campaigns, he has played down the middle supporting Raul Jimenez.
Adama Traore could be worth a go as a striker for Wolves
Maybe this is something for Davis to consider.
It is not an ideal scenario at all. But Edwards is right regarding Podence. Him through the middle just does not work.
In theory, £18 million star Traore is a good option. He obviously has blistering pace, and has the potential to latch onto through balls from the midfield.
But all Wolves fans know the issue with him is that he is just not clinical.
But given the wastefulness in the final third from Wolves, it can be argued that Traore can do no worse than those that have led the line this season.