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Adama Traore appears to be thriving at Wolves after Bruno Lage sacking

Wolves took the bold decision to sack Bruno Lage a couple of weeks ago – and it appears to have lit a fire beneath Adama Traore.

The club acted after the recent 2-0 defeat to West Ham United, bringing an end to his reign after 16 months in charge.

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Ultimately, it just wasn’t working and Wolves officials cannot be blamed for coming to the decision they did.

The search continues for Lage’s successor, and the hope is that someone will be hired at some point this week.

Wolves have now played two games since Lage left. And it has been interesting to note the upturn in fortunes of winger Traore.

He didn’t start a single Premier League game this season under Lage. The former manager seemingly preferred more technical players like Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.

But the second Lage was out the door, Traore was brought in from the cold by Steve Davis and James Collins.

He started in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea, and was the biggest threat for Wolves against the Blues.

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And on Saturday in the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest, he was the best player for Wanderers.

It was a rather typical performance from Traore in that his end product often left a lot to be desired.

But he was just a real handful, and found a lot of space down Forest’s left side. That was inexplicable from their point of view.

He overhit some crosses like Wolves fans know he can. But it was his shot that was handled by Harry Toffolo, resulting in the penalty for Ruben Neves to score.

It technically doesn’t count as his assist. That seems to be a theme with Traore – he makes things happen, without necessarily having the numbers to show for it.

Adama Traore is playing with more freedom and confidence now after Bruno Lage’s sacking

Traore has reacted really well to Lage’s departure, as some felt he might. He does appear to be relishing being back in the team as a starter.

It feels as though Steve Davis and James Collins have pulled him to one side and told him they believe in him. That they want him to become the main man again.

Everybody knows how dangerous he can be.

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Arguably, he was very underused by Lage. Now this is his chance to remind everyone why he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

He’s been fantastic in the last two games. Admittedly, he still frustrates. But he, at the very least, is giving the opposition headaches. He commands defenders’ attention and occupies them, sometimes two or three at a time.

He is always a huge threat, and Davis and Collins deserve credit for helping him come back into a bit of form.