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Wolves star Adama Traore beginning to fade at Barcelona after explosive start

Adama Traore made a brilliant start to life on loan at Barcelona, but the Spaniard is now finding minutes a little harder to come by.

The Spaniard did not play any part in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Sevilla.

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The 25-year-old was named on the bench, but manager Xavi instead used Gavi, Memphis Depay and Nico Gonzalez.

Traore has now not started a game in La Liga for Barca since Athletic Bilbao on February 27.

He did start both legs of the Europa League last 16 clash with Galatasaray, but was taken off at half-time in the second game.

Things have certainly slowed down a bit for Traore after a whirlwind start.

The star provided four assists in his first five games for the club. But he appears to have falled slightly out of favour now.

His demotion to the bench has been as a result of a renaissance for Ousmane Dembele, whose future remains a big talking point.

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The French winger, who has cost Barca a whopping £136 million all in (BBC Sport), is out of contract at the end of the season. It looked likely he would leave when Traore came in.

But he’s stuck around, and managed to fight his way back into the starting XI. And he’s really taken his chance.

Dembele has now tabled eight assists in his last six appearances, starting the last four La Liga matches in a row.

Ousmane Dembele’s form for Barcelona is absolutely not ideal for Adama Traore and Wolves

The return to form of Dembele is not particularly good for Wolves. It means Traore isn’t getting as many minutes.

Wolves need their player to be featuring as much as possible ahead of the summer window.

We know that Traore won’t sign an extension at Molineux so, really, he will have to be sold in the next window.

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Barcelona do have the option to buy, but Joan Laporta has suggested the club don’t have the finances to trigger that clause.

So it’s possible other suitors will come in for Traore. And he needs to be in the shop window right now for Wolves to make a decent sale.

Dembele is currently making that quite difficult.