Former England defender Rio Ferdinand thinks Bruno Lage should start playing Adama Traore as a striker.

Traore’s performances have been talked about plenty since the start of the season.

He’s been outstanding in all three matches but is yet to help Wolves to score or get a point.

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Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel that a change of position could make Traore into Wolves’ own Michail Antonio.

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“He’s too inconsistent,” said Ferdinand of Traore. “Do you know what I’d do? I might even play him up front.

“Play him up top all the time and just keep him up front like an Antonio at West Ham. Let him bully people.”


Lage has already changed Traore’s position this season, playing him more off the left.

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Playing on the opposite flank and cutting in is a move geared towards getting him on the scoresheet more often.

At West Ham, David Moyes has transformed Antonio into a proper number nine and it has rejuvenated their attack.

Perhaps Traore could do the same for Wolves, although that would require a change to a 4-4-2 because Raul Jimenez is playing regardless.

Hwang Hee-Chan gives Lage more options, and could free up Traore to change position, but it must be pointed out that he is shining in the role he’s playing in now and Wolves will hope the goals will come.

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