Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are nervously awaiting the fate of Adama Traore.
We are now into the final month of the summer transfer window, and one gets the feeling speculation is about to increase significantly.
Traore has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, Leeds United and most recently, Tottenham Hotspur.
The Daily Mail have reported Nuno Espirito Santo would like to reunite with the powerhouse winger.
Supposedly Wolves value Traore at around £45 million – the same price as what Diogo Jota was sold to Liverpool for.
Some have pointed to Traore’s ‘lack of an end product’ as a reason for Wolves to sell.
But an article from Sky Sports yesterday provides some significant statistics about Traore, which would suggest any decision to sell the player would be madness.
The article actually focuses on Jack Grealish and his ongoing links to Manchester City.
But Traore crops up a few times.
Last term he was second only to Grealish for ball carries ending with a chance created (36).
He led for carries into the penalty area with 16, one ahead of Marcus Rashford.
And he was third for total carry distance (8012m) behind Luke Ayling (8852m) and Ruben Dias (8590m).
Essentially, Traore was constantly making things happen and getting into dangerous positions, but was unlucky not to register more assists.
Raul Jimenez missed half the season for Wolves of course, and the Mexican’s absence definitely impacted the 25-year-old
The pair linked superbly well in 2019/20, combining for 10 league goals in total, and hopefully they can do so again this season.
Traore makes things happen like no other
No player carries an attacking threat quite like Traore.
His goals and assist numbers were low last term, but it’s clear he was very unlucky.
To have made 36 carries ending with a chance created is so impressive considering he was playing in a side that often did play negatively and conservatively under Nuno.
It would just be madness to cash in before he gets the chance to work with an attack-minded coach like Bruno Lage, and with his partner in crime Jimenez now back in the picture of course.