Adama Traore featured for Barcelona today for the first time since completing his loan move from Wolves.
The Spaniard headed back to the Nou Camp just a couple of days before the deadline, in a move that didn’t go down too well with some Wolves supporters.
The decision was taken to loan Traore to Barca for the rest of the season, with the Catalan giants having an option to buy.
It had looked as though he might have joined Tottenham Hotspur who were strongly linked.
But the lure of his former club was seemingly too strong, and it will be fascinating to see how he fares.
And today, nearly 10 years after his first, Traore made his second debut for the club against Atletico Madrid.
Xavi actually handed him a start, with the 26-year-old featuring on the right wing as he had been doing predominantly for Wolves.
Unfortunately for those Wolves fans that desperately wanted him to stay at Molineux, Traore had a really good game.
The star was a complete handful and played a part in Barca’s first two goals in a 4-2 win for the home side.
After making space, he played a dangerous pass inside from the wing. It got cleared out to Dani Alves, who then crossed for Jordi Alba to smash home a volley into the top corner.
And then, in true Traore fashion, he created space against his man, got to the byline and crossed to the far post with Gavi meeting it with a header.
Atleti seriously struggled to contain him at times.
On La Liga TV’s coverage of the game, Guillem Balague called him ‘unbelievable’, and said that he couldn’t remember a debutant making such a big impact.
In the second-half he didn’t see much of the ball, and was subbed off on 60 minutes for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Given how dangerous he had been in the first-half, it was a somewhat surprise decision from Xavi.
Uncomfortable viewing as Wolves player Adama Traore shines on second Barcelona debut
It just had to be that Traore would shine for Barcelona on his first appearance back at the Nou Camp. And just a day after Wolves really struggled to break down Norwich City in the FA Cup, too.
Traore was simply brilliant for Barca, who played some fantastic stuff against the reigning champions of Spain.
Traore was a menace in the first-half, and actually showed a very good end product – something that he has often be criticised for.
Lots of Wanderers supporters expressed their concern about Traore leaving this month.
Perhaps it was unavoidable given the situation with his contract.
But his performance today will do little to make those people feel better.