Spain Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020
Photo by Angel Martinez - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Traore praises Neves and shares his frustration with VAR

Adama Traore is gearing up for the first major international tournament of his career.

Traore is in the Spain squad who will kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden tonight.

In the meantime, he’s given a quickfire interview to Wolves’ official website which touched on a range of topics.

He had praise for Ruben Neves and feedback on VAR, which will of course be in operation across the summer showcase Traore is hoping to play a big part of.

Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

When asked which of his teammate’s attributes he’d like to have, Traore said: “The long pass of Ruben Neves, then I’ll run and receive it!”

He was asked what he’d change about football and said: “The VAR has to be clearer, it has to improve, it’s too slow. I think it’s good, but has to improve.”

On how he’d like to be remembered by Wolves fans, Traore added: “It would be the happy moments when the crowd go crazy – it’s amazing, I love that.”

And unsurprisingly, he named Lionel Messi as the player he’s played alongside – from his time at Barcelona.

Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Euros could elevate Traore

We all know about Traore’s qualities – his searing pace and outstanding strength.

But there’s still a feeling he’s too inconsistent and doesn’t impact the very biggest matches often enough.

Doing the business at a major international tournament this summer would elevate his standing in the game to a new level.

He might well initially be used as an impact sub by Spain, but if he makes his mark this summer, his star will only rise.