Wolves have officially bid farewell to Adama Traore after months of speculation.
The Spanish winger has joined Barcelona on loan until the end of the season, and the Catalan giants have the option to buy the player for £29 million (Sky Sports).
Traore leaves the club having carved out a reputation as being one the best dribblers in footballer.
Few, if any, match up to the 26-year-old in terms of pace and dribbling combined.
He often left fans at Molineux speechless with the way he played, and from a pure entertainment standpoint, Traore is going to be missed massively.
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One thing that was often used as a stick to beat him with though, was his end product.
Just 11 goals and 18 assists in 154 games is not a great return for someone blessed with the physical attributes he has.
But by many accounts, Traore was an extremely hard worker. Conor Coady has said it before, and again when wishing him all the best with his new adventure.
And now, Wolves’ photographer Jack Thomas has uploaded an interesting image and caption on his Instagram page.
It’s of Traore working on his one-vs-one finishing in his final training session.
He wrote: “Last training session | @adamatrd37 | Friday the 21st of January, the players had just finished up a training session and left the pitch before heading down to London for the Brentford match, except Adama, John Ruddy & Ryan Giles.
“They spent some time working on one on one situations for Adama. The exact situation they were working on was where Adama ended up at Brentford. Hold off your man and put the ball in the back of the net. Although the goal didn’t end up counting (VAR) for me it was really cool to see the work put in the day before (as well as every other day) almost be rewarded with a goal. All the best with @fcbarcelona Adama.”
Of course, Traore scored in injury-time against the Bees, rifling in a shot from inside the penalty area after working a bit of space for himself. Sadly he was ruled offside, and he didn’t cap off his final appearance with a goal.
Hopefully it clicks for Adama Traore at Barcelona
It would be really good to see Traore become more clinical in the final third at Barcelona, if not slightly bittersweet.
He clearly works really hard on his game.
Other professionals probably stay behind after training to work on little things, but it’s great to see Traore doing it.
He knows it’s something he needs to improve.
While it could be hard to watch Traore potentially score goals more regularly in another shirt, most wouldn’t begrudge him doing it for Barca.