Former Wolves midfielder David Edwards thinks the time has come for his old club to cash in on Adama Traore.
Traore has just 18 months remaining on his current deal and his contract situation means that his future is once again the subject of speculation now that the transfer window is open.
And in the Express and Star, Edwards wrote that he thinks Traore is the only Wolves player who has not improved under Bruno Lage since he took over in the summer.
“My mind has changed two or three times this season when it comes to what I think would be best for Wolves. His contract expires in 18 months’ time. His value is only going to go down. And things haven’t really worked out for him this season,” he wrote.
“If you look at all the players since Bruno Lage has come in, I think every one of them has improved – with the exception of Adama.
“Something just isn’t clicking. He is always a player that has divided fans – he is Jekyll and Hyde. For me, Traore is now at his best when he is used as an impact player from the bench. If he moves to a so-called bigger club, that is how I believe they will use him because they all have top, top, wingers.
“But I also think that is now his best role for Wolves. I’m sure Adama wouldn’t be happy with that – he’ll want to play every minute of every game. But if he is going to be an impact player, he knows he’ll get more money at one of the so-called bigger sides. Lage has said if it’s right for Wolves, then Traore could leave. Maybe that time has come.”
Wolves are approaching decision time over Traore, provided he does not suddenly turn around and sign a new contract.
If it isn’t this month, it is likely to be in the summer because a club as tightly run as Wolves will not want to let his contract situation get beyond that.
Wolves have missed the chance to get a really huge fee in for Traore, and that may also colour their judgement.
Ultimately, it also depends what Traore’s so-called suitors bring to the table – if they don’t make a suitable offer, Wolves won’t have much of a decision to make.
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