Theo Corbeanu has been waxing lyrical over his Wolverhampton Wanderers teammate Adama Traore.
The youngster is the latest player to participate in an ongoing feature on the Wolves official website; ‘One to Eleven‘.
The series is a chance for Wolves stars to offer insight into their lives on and off the field.
Corbeanu, who made his first-team debut against Tottenham Hotspur last month, was asked whose play style he tries to emulate.
He said: “He first-team have some great attacking players, and I probably try to take a mixture of both Adama and [Daniel] Podence, but mainly Adama.
“I love the way he squares up against his man and takes him one-on-one with his crazy acceleration.”
Corbeanu was then asked for the player he looks up to within the first-team. The Canadian again replied with the Spaniard.
“He didn’t have the best of years in his first season here, he wasn’t having the impact he might have wanted, but you could tell in the second year that he came with something to prove,” he added.
“You could see his mentality had changed and that was unbelievable to see up close; the way he changed his game and evolved in his second year, and now he’s one of the best players in the Premier League.”
Traore endured an indifferent 2020/21, struggling for the first-half and then making some important contributions in the second.
No better player to learn from one-vs-one
Corbeanu should continue to watch Traore closely in order to improve his game.
When it comes to squaring players up and then beating them, no one does it better than the 25-year-old.
To improve his crossing and finishing though, Corbeanu probably ought to study someone else.
As amazing as Traore is at dribbling, his final ball does remain a work in progress.