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Lee Naylor and Andy Thompson call for Adama Traore to see more minutes for Wolves

Former Wolves stars Lee Naylor and Andy Thompson have suggested Adama Traore could relish playing in the new system.

Wolves took their first point of the season against Fulham on Saturday, drawing 0-0 at Molineux.

It should have been all three points, but Wanderers spurned several decent chances.

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But there are positive signs following the change to a back four.

In the second-half, Wolves fans were treated to Traore donning a Wolves shirt once again, with the player having recovered from a hamstring injury.

It was a sight not many people would have seen coming back in early February when Traore was thriving on loan at Barcelona.

But the move ended up not working out for Traore, who is seemingly now set to stay at Wolves for at least the first half of 2022/23. That’s despite claims he is hoping to depart.

Against Fulham he didn’t see much of the ball after coming on. But Naylor and Thompson believe he could really benefit from playing with more attacking players around him in the new formation.

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Naylor said: “The movement in front should be good enough to get him in. I saw it today, the movement was quality to get three or four people in on goal, one being Neto when he should have scored.

“Great movement, great interchange. You put Traore through, nobody’s catching him. When you look for somebody to create, he was the one doing what people asked for, he got in behind and caused problems, getting a cross from nowhere, a goal from nothing, he can create on his own. Just use him, he’s here, he’s in your building.”

Thompson added: “At the end of the day, he’s got something which everybody wants, lightening pace. It doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Man City, he’s an asset to have. He’ll cause a problem for anybody. If you can get him and his head right, on his game, he’ll cause anybody a problem. I’m hoping we can. It’s such a waste if you’re not going to use him, because he’s got something nobody else has got.”

Adama Traore could struggle for game time despite unique qualities

There is no denying that Traore is one of the most unique players in world football.

But it’s possible he will still struggle for starts.

Last season, Bruno Lage often turned to Francisco Trincao over the £18 million Spaniard. The manager seemingly preferred the more technical Trincao, who would often come inside from the right side and become another midfielder.

Now, Lage has another similar type of player in Morgan Gibbs-White.

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The England U21 international has started the opening two games for Wolves. Despite interest from other clubs, Wolves want to keep hold of him and Lage reiterated that in his pre-Fulham press conference.

Then there’s other options like Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto, Hwang Hee-chan and new signing Goncalo Guedes.

Naylor and Thompson make good points, but it’s possible Traore will be mainly used from the bench.