Wolverhampton Wanderers legend John Richards believes Adama Traore could be fired up following his snub by Spain.
The 25-year-old will remain at Compton over the international break after failing to earn a call-up this time around from Luis Enrique.
The forward will not be adding to the five caps, despite impressing for his country towards the end of 2020.
It appears Traore’s form for Wolves has played a part in him being overlooked.
The rapid winger has officially failed to score or assist in the Premier League so far.
It will no doubt come as a disappointment to Traore to miss out, but Richards, who scored 194 times for the club, thinks it could be a catalyst for change.
He told the Express & Star: “Whenever a player is overlooked for international duty, there’s two ways of going about it
“You can get your head down, or the top players can say ‘OK, fair enough, I’m going to prove how good I am’.
“It can give you that bit of impetus as there’s nothing better than representing your country.
“He’s probably not surprised, to be honest, as his form has mirrored that of Wolves – sort of hit and miss.
“But he’s been there before and knows if he does perform, he’ll be back in there.
“Wolves need him performing, too, as there’s no doubt he’s a quality player when on form.”
Traore must respond
Richards has a point, and hopefully this snub will light a fire beneath Traore.
He will certainly want to play at the European Championships this summer, so a big push is required from him over the next couple of months.
That a place on the plane is on the line potentially means a fired up Traore awaits for Wolves once Premier League football resumes, which is an exciting thought.